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πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ Does Misery Love Company?

We have all heard the statement: β€œMisery loves company.” It is true that when one is sick or in trouble he does not feel quite so sorry for himself when he realizes that others are as unfortunate, and perhaps more so, than he.

However, some have used this phrase: β€œMisery loves company,” in speaking lightly of hell. Perhaps you have heard someone say: β€œWell, if I go to hell, at least I’ll have lots of company.” This is true, but the company the lost will have when cast out of God’s presence will hardly afford them comfort.

The Bible story of the rich man and Lazarus brings this fact out with great force. The rich man, you will remember, β€œfared sumptuously every day,” while Lazarus β€œwas laid at his gate, full of sores, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table.”

In the process of time both died, and the rich man, having felt no need of salvation, suddenly was made to experience God’s wrath upon sin, for the sacred record says: β€œIn hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments” (LukeΒ 16:23). From his place of torment the rich man saw Lazarus with Abraham β€œafar off,” but this surely afforded little comfort, while we do read that β€œLazarus was comforted.” The rich man, then, still with haughty superiority, asked Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth to warn his five brothers, β€œlest they come into this place of torment.” He did not wish his brothers to join him in hell. β€œMisery” among those cast out of God’s presence, then, does not β€œlove company.”

The story is brought to a close as Abraham refuses the rich man’s request, explaining that if his brothers would not hear the Word of God β€œneither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead” (LukeΒ 16:31).

The way to avoid the lot of the rich man, then, is to believe the Word of God, particularly that part of the Word which tells how Christ died for our sins that we might be justified by grace through faith. Don’t be deceived by the old adage: β€œMisery loves company.” Receive Christ as your Savior today.

β€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (ActsΒ 16:31). source

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Verse for 12/14/2017

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. — Matthew 2:4-6

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