The "Forever" Stamp

George Erwin

The Post Office department has come up with a “Forever” postage stamp. As long as one possesses this stamp, he can mail First Class letters without adding additional postage. I suppose as long as one possesses this stamp he will be able to use it – even “forever.”

This reminds me of some other examples or situations that should be “forever.” There are cases where two young men become friends and promise their friendship will be forever. However, one of them becomes a Christian, and the other begins to run with the wrong crowd. Paul warned, “Evil communications (companionships) corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33. Thus, the friendship that was to last forever is broken.

Another example that has happened time-after-time is that a couple promises their love and faithfulness will last “forever.” The promise of the couple at their wedding was to be faithful to their vows until death. This was a way of saying, “We will be faithful FOREVER.” One or both forgot the promise they made to each other. They also forgot the words of our Lord, “A man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they twain shall be one flesh.”

The final examples for this article are that many become Christians with the promise to be faithful “forever.” Paul said the convert becomes dead to sin and cannot live any longer therein. Romans 6:2. Those who obey the gospel become free from sin and become servants of righteousness. Romans 6:17, 18. Jesus told the church at Smyrna and every Christian, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of Life.” Revelation 2:10. When we become Christians, we are promising the Lord we will be faithful to Him “forever.” However, far too many become unfaithful to the Lord who loved them enough to die for them.

The Lord’s promise to the faithful is “You will live with me FOREVER.” John 14:1-3. -111 Heather Court, Scott Depot, WV 25560.

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