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When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory.

 Really?  What about all those people that you didn’t get along with while here on earth?  What about all those “brothers and sisters in Christ” with bad habits about whom you gossiped?  Have you ever considered that some of those people whom you don’t like will be in heaven with you?   

 Perhaps it’s time that we check our attitudes.  Everyone is guilty.  I can name people that I don’t particularly like.  You can name people you don’t particularly like.  (I sure hope I’m not on your list.)  Everywhere you go, you will find some Suzie So-And-So or Howie Whoever-He-Is with whom you just can’t seem to get along. 

 If you can’t get along with a brother or sister in Christ here on earth, how do you expect to get along with them when you’re in heaven?  “Well, it will be different there.”  Yeah, maybe you won’t be there.  I know that sounds harsh, but let’s think about it.  Paul said to the church in Philippi, “…consider others better than yourselves.”  

 There will come a day when all the saints will be gathered together and we will cry out, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”  I plan to be a part of that glorious day.  I may not always agree with my Christian brothers and sisters but my attitude toward them must still be worthy of the cross of Christ.  All of us must live a life of love with one another because Christ has lavished His love upon us.

 If your relationship with a Christian brother or sister is marred by bitterness and resentment, it is your responsibility to reconcile those differences.  Your home in heaven depends on it.

 “14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”  (Romans 12:14-18 NIV)

When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory.

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