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Matthew 18:14


14 Even so [houto] it is [esti] not [ou] the will [thelema] of [emprosthen] your [humon] Father [pater] which [ho] is in [en] heaven, [ouranos] that [hina] one [heis] of these [touton] little ones [mikros] should perish. [apollumi] KJV-Interlinear


14 "Thus it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish. NASB


God does not wish for anyone to perish. Quite the opposite, God wishes for all to prosper, to be happy.

Perish here is a non-destructive ruin or loss. It is a reference to a temporary or a non-permanent set back in the spiritual life of the believer, to be wounded, to be marred, and from which temporary setbacks, there is always the possibility of recovery. This is what God wishes for believers - those people who have believed in Christ and have entered into Gods family.

Unbelievers on the other hand risk something far more destructive, a permanent destruction from which there is no recovery, and that destruction is the Lake of Fire. By not having believed in Christ, they have not yet entered into Gods family, have not yet entered into the flock, so to speak, and therefore are not under the watchful eye and protection of the shepherd, God. One has to first join the flock before one can stray from it.

God wishes for all to join His family, naturally. For those who have joined, there is permanent membership. Once you have been born of parents, and entered into their family, then you are always a part of that family. Nothing can be said or done to cancel your birth. Doesn't matter that someone wishes you had never been born. The fact of birth is irrefutable and non-cancelable.

Once in a family, always in that family. Our salvation is eternally secure. There is nothing that we can think, say, or do to change that. So stumble as you may in life, get angry about your life's circumstances, shout at God, go out and pillage and brutalize and rape and kill, go out and eat all the chocolate in town, do whatever you do when you have your tantrum against society, there is nothing you can think, say or do to cancel your salvation.

Of course with family membership comes responsibility. Even though you cannot lose your salvation, that does not give you the freedom or right to do whatever you want, whenever you want. There are still principles of honesty, integrity, empathy, charity, and so forth that should be a major part of your daily life.

After Salvation you still have yet another major objective in your spiritual life and that is your advancement to spiritual maturity. And that is where your eternal rewards come into play.

God wants all the best for His children. He wants us to advance to maturity and receive blessings beyond our imagination. He does not wish for us to suffer loss or have our happiness or prosperity undercut because of our straying.

When we confess our sins to Him (God the Father) 'privately', we are restored back into fellowship, 1 Jn. 1:9. That is the time of our recovery, and the time of His celebration. That (fellowship) is where God wishes for us to reside in our life. That is where we are in His presence, in His palace, in His fortress and under His protection, and eligible for His blessings.

In fellowship, is the meadow where we grow up spiritually, where we learn His wisdom, where we are in sync, online, in direct communication with God.

Out of fellowship is our loss, our temporary (potentially temporary) state of straying away from the place where God can teach us and protect and bless us. The potential for recovery is subject to your decision to confess to get back into fellowship.

This means that you have to make a decision to judge yourself. We cannot judge others, but we need to be our own best critics, and always on top of our own life. 'If we judge ourselves, then we will not be judged.' We examine our lives and confess our sins, and that is our self judgment. We return to fellowship and thus avoid Gods discipline, 'be judged.' We are all the better off for it.

God does not wish for any of us to stray, He does not wish for any of us to antagonize anyone else who is in His family.

In fellowship. This is where you live and let live, within the realm of the Christian life. This means a steady and dedicated daily Bible study for spiritual growth to learn, and to grow up to maturity. This means to be responsible in life, and there are many areas of responsibility in life. This is where you move away from childhood in your spiritual life and eventually become mature and independent from the world.

But in it all, we approach God on His terms, in humility, never on our terms, in arrogance.

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