By Rev. Junchol Lee
We use a calendar that has 12 months and 365 days in it. As it nears December 31st, we feel as though something is getting close to an end, and yet on January 1st it feels like a new beginning. Our life is composed of many endings and beginnings. We may live one life, but within this one life we have many different journeys.
(References: Habakkuk 3:17)
105. Since the Lord gives us this ability to respond in turn - and therefore a mutual relationship [with him] - we must therefore give an account of our deeds and be recompensed accordingly, for the Lord says:
The Son of Humanity is going to come, and he will repay all people according to their deeds. (Matthew 16:27)
Those who have done what is good will go forth into the resurrection of life, and those who have done what is evil will go forth into the resurrection of condemnation. (John 5:29)
Their works follow them. (Revelation 14:13)
All were judged according to their works. (Revelation 20:13)
Behold, I am coming, and my reward is with me, to give to all according to what they have done. (Revelation 22:12)
If we had no ability to respond, we could not be held accountable.