It's an old saying in the sports world but in many cases it is very untrue. Pain is something that can last a lifetime here on earth due to injuries or illness. Great way for a coach to push his team a little harder and motivate them to work harder to win the game. If they win they get some bragging rights and stories of glorious wins for many years. I still remember how good the 1976 Ripon High football team was and how far they went with their wins in the state playoffs. Those kind of stories will be remembered a long time here by some and may seem like a glory that lasts forever, but what happens here is very temporary but can determine whether the pain or the glory lasts forever.
Life here on earth can seem like a long time to our mind, at least when we are young. It seems the older you get the faster it goes. For our mind to understand forever is hard for some minds very hard to fathom. To live in pain and torment forever, even if that were just your time here, should frighten anyone.
We can choose, yes it’s our choice, to spend our forever in glory or pain. 1 John 2:17 (The world is passing away, and also it's lust; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.) Hebrews 7:24-25 (but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.) Jude 1:20-21 (But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.) Living forever with God sounds like a glorious loving way to go.
What if we choose to not live for God or not have Jesus to intercede for us because we separate ourselves from God. Revelation 14:9-11 (then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a load voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives the mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night.) This kind of torment certainly does not sound like the way to spend forever.
Pain is temporary, and glory last forever. Or does it? It is our choice on our forever. Live for God forever in glory or in His wrath forever in pain. I pray you choose to have glory last forever and if you’re not sure how, let us help you find your way. Please don't choose pain forever for some temporary glory in this short life here.
In Him, Chuck