Although our time on earth may seem sometimes like a long hard slog, it is nothing compared to the endless eternity we will spend either in heaven, if we are a true believer, or otherwise in the eternal lake of fire. The reality is those who indulge in the so-called pleasures of sin even for their whole earthly existence will regret it forever, while “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Cor 4:17). Mankind is like a flower that springs up, then quickly fades away for our life is like a vapour that appears for a short time then vanishes (Job 14:1,2; Jas 4:14). However the consequences of our choice to either accept or reject the offer of salvation last forever (Jn 3:16,36; 1 Jn 2:17).

See also: perspective, time/timing.

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