Monthly Archives: August 2011
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
– Matthew 5:44
There are so many commands in the Bible that God wants us to do. But for me, the hardest commandment in the Bible was written in Matthew 5:44 and Luke 6:27: LOVING YOUR ENEMIES.
Come on, let’s admit it, it’s very, very hard to take hold to this Scripture. Especially when you’ve been hurt by your enemies. You already know my story, when the times that I was always being bullied during my elementary and high school days. First, all I want is to have revenge to those bullies, and even came to the point that I want to kill them once and for all. But everything was changed when God showed me His sufferings, and how He loves us even though we are sinners: An enemy of God.
It takes a lot of revelations for us to understand and appreciate this command that Jesus gave to us. But God will give us grace for us to love our enemies.
How can we love our enemies? Let’s make it simple: Forgiving them and pray for them. Don’t make it so complicated. Set yourself free from the bandages of unforgiveness! Just remember what Jesus Christ did, He still chose to love us despite of our sins.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
– Luke 6:36
Have you ever seen a person with mental illness on the news? Most of the time, we see those people in deprived situations: Chained, confined in a very small place (The worst that I’ve seen yet was in a dog cage charged with electric current), and malnourished. According to the psychiatrists, their illness got worse because of that kind of treatment.
The same situation when dealing with sin, it is like a chain that restrains us. And because it is like a chain, it causes pain when we try to struggle with sin in our own. By what means? Doing religious stuffs, works, works, and works. But at the end of the day, we are still in chains. continuing on struggling, continuing inflicting pain.
As what Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” (John 10:10a) that’s what the Devil wants in your life. He wants to steal your future, kill you spiritually, and to destroy your life.
And that’s the reason why Jesus came here, to break the chains of sin in our life. He came here on Earth to destroy its power. How He destroyed it? Through the cross, where the nails had driven in His wrists and feet. And when He died there, the chains are gone. JESUS BROKE THE CHAINS! In other words, there is now freedom from sin!
The solution to the problem of sin? It’s only Jesus. The moment you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the chains will be broken. But wait, there’s more! He will also give you new life.
The chains of sin are gone. To experience freedom, accept Jesus Christ in your heart and experience the fullness of His love.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
– John 10:10
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
– 2 Corinthians 3:17
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
– Jeremiah 29:11
First, plans to prosper. God wants us to be prosperous, remember that. Who among you here wants to be poor all the days of your life? Have you ever heard this line, “Mahirap ang lolo ko, mahirap din ang tatay ko, mamamatay din akong mahirap.” Well, that’s not a part of God’s promise in your life. WAKE UP! God wants to bless you and your family.
Second, “not to harm you.” In other words, SECURITY. This day, most of the people are finding their security. What are the things that they are looking? Money, fame, achievements, relationships, etc. People think that if they have those things in their life, they are already secured. BUT, what if those money was taken from you, your fame and achievements lost, you had a break-up with your boyfriend/girlfriend? What now? But here’s God’s promise: As long as you are secured with God, even those things were taken away from you, you are confident that He will give the best in your life!
Lastly, hope and future. In our modern world, we always experience a lot of hardships. And because of so many trials that we are in, it’s so easy to give up. But, our God is our hope. Keep your hope in Him, and you will be confident that He will give you the best future in your life.
Have you ever heard this line, “Promises are made to be broken.” But when it comes to God, all of His promises are made to be fulfilled. God is true to His words, whatever He said, He will do. As you read this, it’s time to take hold this promise in your life. And most especially, hold on to the promise-giver. The best proof that God is true to His word: Look back to the cross, where His Son Jesus died for us and on the third day, He rose up. Let God take over your life and accept Jesus in your life, and you will enjoy the promises of God in your life.
Have you ever feel so offended? We got offended by many means: When people said something bad about us; sometimes, it is the action that makes us offended, etc. The first move that we do when we are offended is we stay back from it.
Did you know that it is the same thing that we do when it comes to God? Just look at yourself when it comes in reading your Bible. Why people are not reading their Bible? I remember what my professor said about that. He said, “It is better be ignorant with these things than knowing it but keep on haunting you.” The number one reason that we don’t want to read God’s Word is: IT OFFENDS US.
Why does the Word of God offends us? Here’s the answer:
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
– Hebrews 4:12
As what was described in the Scripture, the Word of God is like a double-edged sword that penetrates to our inner being. In other words, God’s Word exposes what is inside of us (Attitudes, sin, bad habits, addictions). And when it penetrates inside of us, it hurts right. And that’s the reason why we always got offended by God’s Word.
And now that you know why you got offended by the Bible, what is your response? Will you turn your back from God, or you will let God fix your life and to get right again. Just like what Ptr. Robert Hern always saying, ” I would rather offend you with the Word of God than not knowing the truth.”
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
– John 8:31-32
Have you ever felt being condemned? The feeling where you feel that the world is against you, the world is hunting you down, feeling of being rejected, and there’s so many to mention. Have you ever also felt so devastated when you are being condemned?
But according to the Word of God, because of our sins, we deserve to be condemned eternally (Romans 3:23; 6:23a). That condemnation is far worse than we experience here in Earth, we’re talking about suffering in Hell for eternity. That is an eternity of condemnation, torment, agony, suffering, and pain.
But here’s the Good News: There is someone who carried all the condemnation that we deserve in the first place – and that is Jesus. All the condemnation, torment, agony, and suffering, He received all of those things just for us to get right to God. He experienced being battered, tortured, spat in the face, ridiculed, falsely accused, and lastly, He experienced the most barbaric capital punishment during that time: CRUCIFIXION.
If you are thinking that you are the biggest loser here on earth because of the condemnation that you are experiencing, THINK AGAIN. Before thinking of other things because of what you are experiencing this moment, look back on what Jesus experienced before. His experiences is far worst than you are experiencing now here on earth.
If you are still experiencing condemnation, I have another Good News from God:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
– Romans 8:1-2
There is no more condemnation because Jesus Christ took it from us through the cross. And now, we enjoy this life with Him, free from condemnation.