“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 ESV)
Who is the thief? That archenemy of God—Satan—the one who is a master of deception (“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed [masquerades as an angel of light—NIV] into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”2 Corinthians 11:14,15) and the father of liars (“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44)
Recognize—the works of the enemy so will not be convicted of an USI—under Satan’s influence—in the final judgment.
The Works of his (Satan’s) influence—all those who lie, all those who manipulate truth, all those who deceive and influence others to deceive, all those who deliberately plan the destruction of human beings (all mankind), all those who steal, all those who undermine others, all those who plot to steal another’s joy, all those who hate for no reason, all those who will not teach God’s Truth and influence others to ignore it.
The Works of Jesus Christ—all those who promote having a right relationship with God, all those who promote loving all, unconditionally, all those who recognize the sacrifice and promote obedience to God’s Word, all those who do the works that bring joy, happiness, a smile, all those who encourage others to live according to God’s plan and be blessed, all those who work the works of Him—putting aside their own plans to promote God’s plans.
Because God loves us, we should love others—just as God loves—unconditionally. However, loving others does not mean condoning sin—for God does not condone sin and we have His Word to know when we have sinned against Him, our bodies and others. Forgiveness does not negate the consequences of sin—God forgives and we forgive—but the consequences stand on their own—we shall reap what we sow! When we violate God’s principles—we invite judgment and open the door for the conviction of an USI.
Recognize the Works of who you say you serve and be very wary of others who demonstrate who they serve by their works.
Lord Jesus, come into our hearts now and save us now from being under Satan’s influence and help us to not become one of his servants, masquerading as truth when we are liars.