It is by grace that you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) The Christian life is God’s work in which we become involved. The problem is that we can become so interested in what we are...
“Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
If these things are passing away, then your eternity in the new heaven and new earth will be free from the following:
1. Grief over your past sins and your missed opportunities.
We will never forget that we were sinners because we will always be finding joy in the Lamb who was slain, the Son of God who redeemed us by the shedding of his blood! We will know ourselves to be redeemed sinners—not in a way that will bring pain or regret, but in a way that will cause us to magnify and glorify Christ for all that he is and for all that he has done.
2. Baggage from difficult relationships with other believers.
Even at our best, Christians are so far from what we will be that it is sometimes hard for us to imagine broken relationships completely restored and deep wounds completely healed. But God is able to do more than we ask or imagine.
In heaven, every Christian will be made perfect in repentance, perfect in humility. There will be, in all of us, complete ownership of all that is ours and complete repentance from the heart.
At the same time, in heaven, every Christian will be perfect in forgiveness. There will be no grudges, no withholding. There will be a giving and a receiving of forgiveness that will position God’s people for a life of harmony in the new heaven on earth.
What a happy day it will be when we no longer grieve the heart of God and no longer bring pain or disappointment to others!
What past sins, regrets, or painful baggage would you like to be free from?