If purgatory exists, and you have no way of knowing how long your suffering will be required of you, then you have good reason to fear it, and it would be strange not to fear it.
I think the fact that I have so many faults can be discouraging at times with the prospect that I’m not yet perfect in God’s eyes. And since I’m not yet perfect, there is a distinct possibility that I may be going to Purgatory.
However, since I am making an effort to please God and desire to be perfect for Him, that is my consolation. God knows our hearts better than we know ourselves. This too is a consolation to me.
The reality of Purgatory is actually consoling too. I can’t imagine not living up to the Scripture passage in Revelation that says that nothing unclean can enter heaven. Without Purgatory, many if not all of us, wouldn’t be clean at the moment of death and wouldn’t be going to Heaven.
The bible tells us that the reason nothing unclean will enter heaven is because of the suffering and death of Jesus, who has already completed the purgation of sins for those who trust only in Him.
Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
One of the two criminals who was crucified along with Jesus did trust in Jesus and he was cleansed (purged) of his sins.
Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
The bible tells us that we are saved by God’s grace, which is a free gift. No one can earn their way into heaven by their own sufferings. The gospel is “good news” but some religious institutions have nullified the good news by their tradtions.