[Column] Fervently Love in the End Times

Fervently Love in the End Times

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

The end is drawing near. The Bible tells us to fervently love one another more than anything (First Peter 4:7-8). Every pain and problem comes not only from sin but also from lack of love. On the day of the 911 terror attack, people were trapped inside crumbling buildings and awaited their final moment. At this time, what they said the most was, “I’m sorry. I love you.” People invest their time and passion in something meaningless and regret at the time of death. “Why didn’t I say I love you?” “Why didn’t I forgive?” “Why didn’t I give out more?” If we do not love greatly, we regret and our lives become full of regret.

A renowned psychologist in the U.S., Dr. Raymond Moody introduced near death experience based on 150 subjects who experienced this phenomenon. He summarized the process of regaining consciousness from near death experience as a series of events: (1) Hearing the declaration of death; (2) Being dragged to a dark tunnel; (3) Separation of soul from body and observation of one’s own body; (4) Plea for help met with indifference due to inaudible voice; (5) Disappearance of time sequence; (6) Heightened vision and hearing; (7) Increased solitude; (8) Encounter with friends and family members; (9) Meeting with the “Light”; (10) Entire life flashes before one’s eyes; (11) Resuscitation. This article reports that before death one’s life is examined. The judging criterion, however, is not how wealthy and successful you have become but how well you shared your heart and love with others.

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross died in 2004 at the age of 78. One of her last works was Life Lessons. In it, she included ten things to learn in life. The last tenth was to “live, love, laugh.” That is right. The most important thing in life is to live, love and laugh. 1 John 4:20 reads, “If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” Sooner or later, we will stand before our Judge whose judging criterion will be how much we have loved throughout life. Guard your faith with love in the end times.

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