Monthly Archives: October 2011

Encourage One Another

All of us are undergoing trials, maybe it’s struggling with sin, finances, emotions, family problems, studies, etc. I don’t know what kind of trials you are in right now, but all of us are in the same pace.

But, one thing that will surely boost our faith is when there’s someone who will encourage us in the midst of trials. In regards of that, I’d like to share a Scripture to all of you:

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word!

– Proverbs 15:23

When people texted you, or you know someone who is experiencing trials, give him/her encouraging words; not empty words or actions that shows rejection. How can a person feel your sincerity or he/she will feel that you care for him/her and how his/her faith will boost if you will not encourage him/her and keep on giving empty words? I don’t know about you, but for me, you’re just adding more loads to that person when you give him/her empty words or not showing that you care for him/her.

When I’m in trouble, I text my friends. Some of them encourage me, and when they do that, my faith increases and the more that I will going to trust God more and more. And when other people text me or send me a message on Facebook, I give them encouragements, most of it comes from the Word of God. And when there’s a time, I go to them and talk personally.

Your words that is full of life can be a great catalyst for people who are experiencing trials. Show compassion and care to them, and it will be a great way to encourage other people.

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The Love of God

During our last Youth service for the semester (Resume of the Youth service is on Nov. 11), Ptr. Jay-R Ramirez shared this story to us:

There was a young girl, asking her mother. She asked, “Mommy, how do you love me?” Then her mother stretched out her arms and answered, “I love you this much.”

Then the girl grew up and became a woman. But she was living her life without a direction.

There came a time that she asked God. She asked, “God, How do you love me?” Then God stretched out His arms and answered, “I love you this much,” then He died.

After he shared that story, tears fell from my eyes. And I was really crying, remembering the things that I’ve done that displeases God. I felt so sorry for myself because I completely realized how God loved me regardless of my past. Then, there’s a Scripture came out in my mind:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

– Romans 5:8

Guys, God loved us not because of what we have done or because of who we are, He loved us because that’s who He is. Because GOD IS LOVE (1 John 4:16). Regardless of your past, regardless of your sins, God still chose to love us.

Be thankful for He demonstrated His own love for us by dying on the cross for you and me for us to enjoy His presence anytime and anywhere. Whatever situations you are in right now, cry out to Him, and He will surely answer you.

Hey You, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!

Let us have a single backtrack in history. In June 12, 1987, former US President Ronald Reagan made a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall, challenging the former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to dismantle the Berlin Wall that divided the city of Berlin, Germany. During that time, that nation was divided into communist East Germany and democratic West Germany. The wall also became the symbol of the Cold War. During his speech, President Reagan quoted this famous line, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”. After two years, the Wall finally fell.

Maybe for some of you, God is telling you that same line. Maybe God is saying to you, “(Your name), tear down this wall!” But what’s that wall I’m talking about? I’m going to point out the wall of unforgiveness and bitterness.

Why break that wall? I’m going to show you a picture that says it all:

If you have built a wall of unforgiveness and bitterness to the person who had offended you, it’s not just leaving your built relationship to rot, it also separates you from God. It also serves as a prison for you. Why? Because of that wall, you are being tortured emotionally when you see that person who had offended you.

How can I break this wall? You will only need one sledgehammer, and that’s what we call FORGIVENESS. How can I forgive? Jesus taught us how to forgive:

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

– Matthew 18:21-22

Jesus is not saying, “When it comes to 77, you’re out!” No! It means, we should forgive as many as you can. For further understanding about that Scripture, read Matthew 18:22-35.

Yes folks, we need to forgive those person who had offended you, and release all the bitterness towards him/her. That will break the wall of unforgiveness and bitterness. And when that wall falls, that’s the time God will move in your life.

For some of you reading this post, and you have built that wall, this is what God is saying to you right now, “(Your name), tear down this wall!

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

– Matthew 6:14-15

Love One Another

For me, one of the hardest commandment of Jesus is this:

“A new command I give you: Love one another.”

– John 13:34

Why is this so hard? Because there is a natural tendency in us that if other people showed us good things, we preferred to love them. But what about those people who offended us? Most of the time, we intend to choose to despise them. In my life, there’s a lot of people who had offended me: Those people who bullied me, my family, my friends, and my co-leaders.

Hey, we need to love one another as what Jesus commanded to us. But hey, how can we love one another?

According to Ptr. Robert Gonzales, here are the steps how to love one another:

  • Get rid from all of your personal preferences. We are all have different personalities and trips in life. Sometimes, we want to love the people that fits in our “criteria”: Dapat ganito ka, ganyan ka, di dapat ganito, etc. But we need to get rid of those.
  • Know their needs. We must share the Gospel to the lost. But first, we must know their needs. How can we love and other people love us if we do not fulfill their needs?

All of those steps fall into this:

Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

– John 13:43

Maybe you’re asking: How God loved us? Well, the answer is this:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

– Romans 5:8

God didn’t say, “At dahil makasalanan ka, bahala ka sa buhay mo!” God loved us because of who we are. We should love one another, regardless of the past. We need to love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

MAY NAGMAMAHAL SA’YO!!!

A lot of people today is getting so insecure for relationship. That’s why we see people always finding relationship, at any means! They have this question, “May magmamahal ba sa akin?” or “Sino magmamahal sa akin?”

Before thinking of anything else, let us go back to the Word of God and let God show you the truth and to answer that question. First, I’d like to share this Scripture to all of you:

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

– Jeremiah 31:3

First truth that you need to know is this: GOD LOVES YOU!! DEAL WITH IT! So stop being insecure, asking God that question. HELLO, NAMATAY NA NGA SIYA PARA SA’YO!!! ANO PA BA HAHANAPIN MO?!

Next truth that you need to know is this:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

– Romans 5:8

As what I’ve said above, He already died for you. San ka pa?!

That’s the basic truth that you need to know. When we summarized these two Scriptures in one point, it’s GOD LOVES YOU, PERIOD! How God loved us? He didn’t ask us to do this and that. God loved us UNCONDITIONALLY — asking nothing from us. He just loved us, period! And when you hold this God’s Word in your life, I tell you, satisfaction guaranteed! You will be secured because of God’s love.

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