A Box of Love: Changing of the times

Published 8:00 am Sunday, January 14, 2024

Today, I thought carefully about what people would like to read. Many may stop reading my column, but I asked Jesus to direct me on what to write, and Jesus is taking me another way. I love writing inspirational columns to inspire us, but Jesus told me that I must let us know that times have changed for playing with Jesus. 

Jesus is warning us that we are leaving this world by accident, illness, or whatever means, and Jesus wants us to know for sure where we are going after we leave this earth because once our eyes are closed, there is no help. 

Jesus is a loving Father; He loves and protects us. Jesus wants us to know that He will not force us to follow Him because He has given each of us free will to choose. 

Sometimes, we only want good news, but we do not live in a world with only good news. We also have some distasteful ones. When trouble comes, we can always call on Jesus for comfort. Jesus stands with His arms open, waiting for us to come to Him. Jesus asks us to bring Him our troubles, and He will fix them for us, according to Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus has paid the price for when He gave His life for us, according to John 3:16. 

Jesus has asked us to come to Him, but what happens to the ones that do not know Him? Jesus is a loving Father, but if we die and do not know Him, our lives will not be with a Caring Father but will go the other way. Jesus has said, “We have a chance to give our lives to Him while there is breath; we can give our life to Jesus on our dying bed, but who wants to take a chance like that? An accident or maybe sickness and you cannot speak or think, and you would be lost. The time is now; don’t wait until your soul is lost. Once our eyes are closed, there is nothing anyone can do for us. I repeated that it is so important that we know we are children of the Most High. Jesus is a loving Father now, but He will not be if we don’t know Him. The time is now; please do not wait until it is too late because Jesus wants us to be a part of His family. 

In the midnight hour, when we have problems, and there is no one around, and it seems as if we are all alone, we are not alone because Jesus is there, and all we must do is call out to Him. What happens when we are in trouble; the first name we call is “Jesus.” Just imagine how Jesus feels when you call Him for help only when in trouble, yet do not believe in Him. I will not say Jesus will not help you. I have no right to give my opinion, but I know Jesus is a comfort to all of us. 

We know and remember John 3:16, but do we know why God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world? It is important to know that Jesus gave His life for us, and it’s equally important to know “why?” 

“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17. 

Jesus’ primary purpose was to save us from sins, and Jesus is giving us every opportunity to become His children and live in a mansion.

“In My Father‘s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2. 

Listen to the promise God made to us: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3. 

I don’t know about you, but I am excited about living in a mansion with Jesus. Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord for His Saving Grace. 

The Bible fulfills itself daily; it talks about wars, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms, hunger, hail, floods, famines, plagues, and pestilence. 

Here are verses to verify: 

• Difficult times will come: 2 Timothy 3:1 

• Famines and earthquakes Matthew 24:7 

• Rumors of wars Mark 13:7 & 19 

• Earthquakes, plagues, and famines Luke 21:11 

Isn’t it wonderful to have a God who protects us from all harm when we believe in him? Read about that in Psalm 91. 

Jesus has blessed us in many ways. All we have to do is remember where we were last year. The year 2023 has been good, but with the blessings of Jesus, 2024 will be a greater one. 

I am anticipating having more conversations about Jesus and His love for us. 

Be blessed in Jesus’ name.

Mary Simmons is a columnist for The Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch. She can be reached at aboxoflove37@gmail.com.