Most Christians look forward to being with the Lord. We wonder and marvel at what to expect in the place where Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2) We are naturally curious when Paul says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (First Corinthians 2:9)

I personally count a lot on the wonderful grace of our Heavenly Father. I know that because of His wonderful grace, I will be with Him in Heaven. Intellectually, I know that all sin is repugnant to our Lord, but we all think of murderers, for example, as being worse than we are. But “little” sins count just as much as the most evil sins. So, even those who have done awful things, but have accepted God’s Plan of Salvation, will be in Heaven.

I have a friend who has been struggling with unjust actions by others. We have discussed the grace of God as recounted above. We both had conflicts regarding how, when in Heaven, we could deal with a family member that had lied about us or stolen from us, or a stranger that had harmed someone we love, or a murderer, etc.

Then one morning while driving to work, my friend was given understanding from our great and gracious God. That is my only explanation for her understanding; it was given to her. She was just driving and not concentrating on anything in particular, when the explanation just came to her mind.

In Heaven, it is all about love.

God is love. He sent Jesus to this world to suffer our punishment because He loves us. He forgives us through the blood of Jesus because of that love. In Heaven, there will only be love. What a simple and yet astounding insight! Because of love, we will give glory to God and praise His name because those persons with us in Heaven, who sinned against us, are also forgiven, just as we are. In Heaven, there will only be love.

My friend explained that the reason the Lord tells us to forgive one another here on earth is because that is His way, and that is the way it will be in Heaven. If we want to be more like Jesus, then we must love one another and forgive one another. In fact, that was His New Commandment:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” - John 13:35

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