Men choose to reject God, but they don't send themselves to hell. God sends them.
Sometimes we downplay aspects of God's character, thinking we're making Him sound better!
For example: “God doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose hell for themselves.”
That's like saying parents don't punish naughty children. Naughty children punish themselves.
If I'm afraid to say that God sends men to hell, am I suggesting that a good God wouldn't do such a thing? I know that's not true because my perfect, loving God proclaims He will do it.
If a man rejects God, hell is his consequence, but God is the One who will throw him into it (Revelation 20:15).
So if God is not ashamed to say He will send men to hell, neither should I be. I can't make God more popular by ignoring His wrath.
I was spared from God's wrath by believing Him, so I'm going to believe everything He says, whether about heaven or hell, rewards or punishments. He knows best how to explain Himself.
(See Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:26-31; 2 Peter 2:4-10).
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Other 1-minute devotions you may find helpful:
Why Would a Loving God Send Men to Hell?
What Jesus Said About Hell
Is it Necessary to Mention Hell When Sharing the Gospel?
The Heresy of Universal Salvation (believing all men will be saved)