Category Archives: Youth Oriented
Frankly speaking, LOVE is the most misused and abused word. Why? Just look in our society today, thanks to the mass media, it gave a very, very shallow definition of love: From music, TV, movies, social networking sites, etc. But the despising fact that we need to face is, others defined love as sex.
As a result, a lot of people, especially the youth like me, getting misled by the false definition of love. And they end up heartbroken, bitter, used, and mistreated.
The question that we need to face is this: WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF LOVE?
Where can we find the answer? We can find it to the book where you can find all the truth that you need: The Bible. It was written there…
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
It was clearly written, love is not the one that we heard in music, it’s not the one that we saw in the movies and TV, it’s not about the pick-up lines, and it will never be about sex.
And for you to feel the TRUE LOVE, go back on how God demonstrated His ultimate love:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8
That’s how God loved you. Why settle to the shallow definition of love? GOD LOVES YOU, LIVE WITH IT!!
God is love.
– 1 John 4:16
I have an advanced valentine article for all of you, and I know that you can relate with this.
We’ve seen a lot of people who was so bitter in love. Are you wondering why some people, or maybe you’ve experienced it also to be bitter. Even me, I’ve experienced it too.
The problem with us humans, we love to rush everything, including love. Because of the shallow message that some movies and music portray for this generation. Because of that, insecurity crawls up in our hearts. We think, “If I will have a relationship today, I will be complete.” So a lot of youth of today are entering relationship even though they are not yet ready for commitment and not mature enough. At the end of the day, they end up broken and BITTER, distorting completely their perspective about love.
And what’s the solution to this problem of this generation? First, it was written in the Bible:
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up, until the time is ripe—and you’re ready.
– Ecclesiastes 3:1, Song of Solomon 2:7; 3:5; 8:4 (The Message)
The basic point that we need to understand is this: IS THIS ALREADY THE SEASON IN YOUR LIFE FOR RELATIONSHIP? What are the top priorities in your current season in life? Is it studies? Relationship with your family? Or importantly, your relationship with God? Have a self-assessment to your priorities. If having a relationship is not in your top priorities, don’t pursue it and FOCUS ON YOUR PRIORITIES.
And the best medicine for bitterness? BE SECURED IN THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST. Imagine, He gave up His life for you and me, and He died on the cross because He loves you, me, you who are reading this article, you who are currently in the state of bitterness, you who are tired and wearied because of finding a relationship but you’re not yet ready. In other words, HE LOVES US! GOD LOVES YOU, DEAL WITH IT!!
How many of you knows Boy Pick-up, the latest “sensation” of this season? When he started throwing his “unkabogable” pick-up lines, the whole world “stops”. Why the world “stops”? Because his pick-up lines are the out-of-this-world kind, means it doesn’t connect to each other. Here’s one of his “famous” line:
Boy Pick-up: Bagay tayo.
Neneng B: Bakit?
BPU: Kasi ang lighter, kapag binato mo sa pader, sumasabog!
Then out of the silence, Boy Back-up will shout, “ANG BANGIS MO, PICK-UP!!” Then the whole crowd will rock.
Just imagine Boy Pick-up without Boy Back-up? Maybe the crowd already lynched him, or maybe he will never achieve the popularity, I don’t know.
Let us all relate this in our spiritual walk; without God, we are lost. Without God, our lives got more destructive. Without God, the Enemy overpower us and he can do all the destruction he wants in our life. I’d like to share this Scripture to you:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.”
– John 15:5
Imagine Boy Pick-up without Boy Back-up? And imagine ourselves without Jesus Christ? Boy Pick-up is just a trying-hard guy without Boy Back-up. And we are just a piece of junk without Jesus Christ. For He picked all of us from the heap and He made us stand-out when He gives us purpose. How He did that? He shed His life through the cross for all of us.
We stand out not because of who we are and what we have done, it is because of what Jesus Christ had done and because of who He is.
I hope this short blog will help you choose.
Being bitter means you will live in your past. Living being haunted by your actions and decisions you’ve made or living always remembering the hurt that people had done to you. Being bitter will result on missing God’s breakthroughs in your life.
On the other hand, being better means you will leave your past behind and moving forward in life. Whatever wrong decisions you made before, or maybe no matter how hurtful people had done to you, you will leave that behind and looking forward to what God has prepared for you on the way.
How about you, what will you choose? Will you still live in your past or you will move forward? Will you choose to be bitter? Or better?
Make your choice.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
– Isaiah 43:18-19
The hardest thing that a person can do is to let go. Especially when it had done an impact in your life.
Let us go back to the encounter of the rich man and Jesus. The rich man had done all the commandments of God since boy (Mark 10:17-20). But everything’s changed when Jesus said this to the rich man:
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “ONE THING you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
– Mark 10:21
But look on the response of the rich man:
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
– Mark 10:22
People in the house, what are those ONE THING that we need to let go? Maybe you need to let go of bitterness and anger towards that person, a wrong relationship, a romantic feelings towards that person, a hidden sin, a wrong attitudes or mindsets, etc.
Yes people, it is very, very hard to let go those ONE THING in your life. But one thing is certain, God has promised this if we let go that ONE THING:
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.”
– Mark 10:29-30
I’d like to share to you my testimony regarding that ONE THING that I let go: Last year, I broke-up with my ex-girlfriend because God revealed to me that I am in a wrong relationship. It took me a month just to respond to His command to let go. Three weeks after I let that relationship go, I received what I am praying for in the past 4 years: Freedom to go to church without interference.
Yes folks, we really need to let go that ONE THING in our life. Time after time, God has to reveal ONE THING to let go for us to go to the next level of our relationship with Him. But one thing is certain, if we let go that ONE THING, God will never fail to give His promise to us.
If you think that God wants you to let go that ONE THING, ask Him what is it. And if you are having a hard time of letting it go, ask God for His grace to let it go. For that ONE THING that we let go is equivalent to a hundred-fold of blessings.