Loved One’s Salvation Many people wonder whether their loved one was saved at the time of their death. If you face that uncertainty, your grief may be especially painful. You may wrestle with even more questions about God as a result. Remember that God is not looking for a reason to keep your loved one out of heaven; He’s looking for any possible reason to bring him or her in. He desires for your loved one to spend eternity with Him even more than you do. Your loved one’s eternal destiny was decided at the time of his or her death. But you don’t know what may have transpired between your loved one and God during the last moments of his or her life on earth. It only takes a moment for a person to say yes to Jesus. And as with the thief on the cross, when a person calls out to Him, Jesus always says yes. That yes is the only thing that decides your loved one’s eternal destiny. And when you get to heaven and are able to ask Jesus all your remaining questions, you will be able to say, “He has done all things well.” Your loved one’s eternal destiny is safe with Him.
I am free from sin’s control over me. “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sinmight be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6) I am known. I am seen. I am chosen to do great things. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5a) I am chosen. I am special to God. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12) I am accepted by God. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15:7) I am one with the Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:17)