Evildoers And Hope

Please Read Proverbs 24:19-20 Psalm 37:10-20

When someone is a meddler, a bully, enjoys causing chaos, etcetera, they have no hope. I was pondering how some get a thrill from hurting others. Then the thought came to mind: “Evildoers have no hope.” Then I searched to see if the scriptures supported that thought. And sure enough I found Proverbs 24:19-20, and Psalm 37:10-20, among other passages. They all testify to just how hopeless it is for the wicked.

Hope in the Lord gives us power, energy, and strength. We have a confident future. Hope comes from God. (Proverbs 23:17-18) Evildoers don’t have that. They can’t possess confidence in what the future holds because they have rejected God. Deep darkness and depression is their inheritance. When you see the mean scowls on their faces you’re seeing just how miserable they really are.

God tells us not to fret because of evildoers, neither envy them. Fear and doubt grips them. How would you feel if you had no future? Their wicked plots turn against them. God has decreed it. (Proverbs 26:27) How does one avoid this miserable existence?

REPENT AND LIVE FOREVER

Please Read Ezekiel 18:21-23

God delights in evildoers turning from their sins, keeping His commands, and living. He does not delight in the destruction of the wicked. There’s this false teaching that on Judgment Day God will show us a movie of all the bad we’ve done versus all the good we’ve ever done. And whichever weighs the most on the scale will determine whether we go to heaven or hell. The Bible doesn’t teach that. It’s a figment of the imagination. If that were the case we’d all get a one way ticket to hell. (Ecclesiastes 7:20 Romans 6:23) What the Bible does say is there were two criminals being crucified with Jesus. One of them had a change of heart. This man admitted that his punishment was justice for his crimes. He then asked Jesus to remember him when he gets to his kingdom. And Jesus told the man, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in Paradise.” Jesus said, “Yes,” to the man’s request. Jesus told the man he was going to be with him in heaven. What did this man do to receive such a rich reward? Nothing. All he did was ask. (Luke 23:39-43) Again, the man confessed his sins, admitted his crimes was deserving of punishment, then he simply asked Jesus can he live with him in heaven. And Jesus told him, “YES!” ANYONE who is honest enough to confess to God their sins and guilt as this man did will be pardoned for their sins too. (Proverbs 28:13) They will also be given the right to become children of God, and will be in Paradise forever. (John 1:12 ) This is proof that God would rather save and forgive evildoers instead of destroy them. This man was a criminal. By his own admission he was a sinner. But he had one last moment to reflect on his life; one last moment to get it right, and he did. He seized the moment and asked Jesus for eternal life. And the answer was, “YES!” God doesn’t want to destroy anyone. This is proof of that. God did not count this man’s sins against him. He was pardoned and given the free gift of righteousness and eternal life. (Romans 4:5-8, 5:17) All ANYONE has to do is ask as this man did. God will do the same for ANYONE who humbly asks him.

Please Read Matthew 7:7-8

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