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Light of the world (John 3:16-21)

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

 

With Easter Sunday passing by, the question remains, have we changed? after Christ has died for us to forgive our sins, have we changed our lifestyle? have we sincerely asked for forgiveness?

Reflecting on this, one of the most important things to remind ourselves is the holy sacrament of confessions for the catholic or simply opening our selves to God and giving up all our sins to Him for Christians in general.

Now that we have been saved by Christ, have we accepted the fact of being saved? have we left all our sins to our Lord and believe in Him that He will forgive us? well, the fact is that we have already been saved, when God sent His only forgotten Son to die on the cross, light has been restored on earth. We have been forgiven despite us not asking for forgiveness. That is the love Christ has given us, a love that is unconditional, a love that was shown in the parable of the Prodigal son, a love that just overpowers the darkness in our lives.

We have been saved, but have we accepted that? have we changed our lives? or have we begun to change our lives for the better? or put it more simply, have we accepted Christ as our savior in our lives? The light of the world never disappoints to lighten up our lives whether we ask for it or not, its only up to us if we accept it or ignore it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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God Sees your Greatness

God sees your greatness not your weaknesses.

Today try to remember that God doesn’t see or care that you have pimples or dark skin or too pale

But he cares about the kind-hearted deed you did.

He doesn’t mind you not brushing your teeth for a week (Although very unsanitary)

But He sees the encouraging, loving and understanding word you say to other people.

He doesn’t mind that you have one arm, or one feet

But He sees how you extended a hand to someone in need.

He never sees your weakness, He sees your core, the greatness residing deep with in your soul. So start day knowing that God is on your side, nurture your soul with Gods word, Grow and put into action the words of God. And I believe that you may not be a superstar, millionaire, super genius, numerous degree holder or a model in everyone else’s eyes, but surely God will be proud of you and He already see’s you as a superstar way before you even thought of becoming one..

Your Thoughts on Divorce

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It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce. But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” (Matthew 5:31-32)

Here’s a funny story i found on the web about divorce which happened in Japan (True story I tell you),

In a spine-chilling case of betrayal, revenge and murder, an unnamed Japanese woman may face serious jail time for the murder of her ex-husband which occurred last year… inside an online role-playing game called Maple Story

Having come home one day to find that her online avatar had been dumped by another online avatar was apparently enough to turn this jilted divorcee into black-hearted machine of nerdy feminine vengeance.

Allegedly using some illegal software to hack into her ex’s account, the 43-year-old piano teacher proceeded to destroy his character on which he worked for over a year. A year of battling monsters and buying clothes, gone, like that. Needless to say the man contacted the police immediately. We’re going to guess he was hung up on in mid-sentence, and then the embarrassed officers had to call him back when they looked it up and realized it was a real crime.

The ex-wife may be looking at 5 years in prison or a $5,000 fine for her in-game crime, which we’re thinking sets the precedent for Call of Duty war crime tribunals next year. Ha, only in Japan, right?

I may not be a 40-year-old marriage expert or someone who has been married or divorced, but I think that now a days people are truly taking for granted Marriages. Its like being married is like dating, today your all hugs and kisses and tomorrow that’s it.

As a Christian and as someone who values family, love and loyalty, it pains me to see what our world has become. A promise, a formal promise becomes nothing more but a breakable promise. If even the sacred promise and vow of marriage can be broken then what can we truly trust in this modern world of ours?

As Christians, The bible makes it very clear that marriage is something very sacred and essential, and once this has been broken it becomes adultery and a sin. We make a promise in front of the altar, meaning Jesus and God as the witness, yet we still have the guts to break these promise.

As human beings, why promise someone you love to stay with them till death do you part and a few years later leave them? To commit to a lifetime together then say things aren’t working out.

The world is changing and somehow its turning into a pretty greyish world, rather than black and white. they say love isn’t a feeling but a choice, but in this world we live in it has become a mere feeling. Divorce I believe isn’t a practice game or a trial version, it is the real thing.

Broken families, Teenage suicide, broken life of teenagers, adultery, Marital violence, Teenage trauma, each and every of these are by products of divorce.

I’m not an expert but I know by the use of my logic and faith that Marriage is sacred and should and a life time promise that can’t and should not be broken because we made a promise in front of Jesus. That when I marry someone I would love them and choose to love and make things work rather than choose to feel and leave. That divorce has so many bad sides and it is illogical to choose to plunge into it and just throw everything away.

Divorce I believe is truly the result of selfishness. Lack of faith, lack of trust, lack of love and lack of effort.

What do you think? Please do share your insights and experiences. God bless.

Forgiveness in Life (Mr. Thumb)

How to forgive when you hurt too much

“If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you leave your gift there in front of the altar, first go and be reconciled to them, then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 4:23-24)

Let me tell you a story,

There was once a hand whose fingers were great friends. The owner of this hand started a dangerous job and, despite the care he gave the rest of the fingers, the thumb always came off worse, with lots of cuts and bruises.

At first, the other fingers asked the thumb’s forgiveness for their clumsiness, and the thumb did indeed forgive them. However, this happened so many times that, one day, the thumb decided to forgive the fingers no more. He stretched himself away from the fingers, and wanted nothing to do with them.

Initially, the thumb looked dignified, straight, rigid and aloof. However, that kind of position was forced and ridiculous. The owner even had to keep that hand in his pocket, and there the fingers suffered in darkness and obscurity.

Finally, the thumb understood that it had all been his fault, and he asked the fingers’ forgiveness, fearful that they would reject him. On the contrary, the fingers easily forgave him, because they – better than anyone – knew that we all make mistakes.  

A simple children story that would relate to the main content of the verse, Forgiveness. God gives us ten commandments, our parents and professors teach us numerous values and virtues but simply put the greatest commandment of God and one of the greatest virtue in life is Love.

I guess we’ve all been in the situation that Mr. Thumb was in the story, we had a fight with a close friend, a family member, a loved one and even with our self and maybe for a moment we would feel dignified and good, but sooner or later we realize that these fights with someone we love eats us up. Its simple, today whether you are a Christian or not, Forgive, because we all have mistakes and sometimes we are in awe that despite what we have done God continues to forgive us over and over again, and our family and loved ones forgive us time and time again.

I ask you, is your pride and dignity worth the wasted happy moments, bonding moments and the relationship with the person you love?

Is it worth it to get your ego intact but always have that chip in your shoulder?

God simply says, Forgive before you offer gifts to me. In other words Love before you offer gifts to me, Because the Greatest commandment He has given us is, Love One Another. and certainly, in the words of Reinhold Niebuhr, Forgiveness is the Final Form of Love.

It isn’t easy to forgive but I think it is truly worth it, because despite anything that life gives us, we just have to take a leap of faith and just Love.

A spark from God

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“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 5: 14-18)

Each and every one of us has been given a light, for me this light pertains to our Talents.

Each one of us has been given distinct talents, some of us are extremely smart, some have a mind for business, some at sports and etc… But no matter what talent has been given to us, this talent always starts small. Like a small spark and can barely be seen at a distance. God has given us this small spark so that it may grow into a flame so that everyone can be illuminated by the light God has given us. But it is easier said than done, let me name a few people, Bill Gates, Manny Pacquaio and Steph Curry. One thing those three people have in common is all of them have been extremely successful, but all of their talents started with a spark. Then day by day they feed that spark to turn it into a flame. Bill Gates would stay overnight at His school just to study computer, Manny Pacquaio makes about 10,000 sit-ups a day (I cant even reach 10) and Steph Curry would take shots day after day after day, work on his craft. It ain’t easy making a small spark into a flame, but if we work, threes really nothing impossible. Bill Gates is one of the richest man on earth, Manny pacquaio is world-renowned boxer and a very proud Christian and Steph Curry Current MVP in the NBA and a very devoted Christian. We are all given talents, and it is our job to make into flames, because if we don’t then normally that spark will run out. But whats amazing is these successful people are not only successful but they have become inspirations to millions of people around the world. And for these successful people they surely brought back the Glory to God, being vocal and spreading that God is good, making foundations and joining foundations to help less fortunate people.

Why settle at being a spark when you can be a flame? Why settle for mediocrity when God has made and designed you to be great? Each and every one of us have our own way of shining light to people in darkness, it may be a simple smile at someone who’s sad, a simple helping hand to people in need. We don’t exactly have to be like Pacquaio or Curry to let your light shine on others, and to Glorify the Lord.

Don’t let the spark die out, set a blaze and illuminate others with the Love God has given us.

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