May 10, 2013

Human - Jon McLaughlin

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

But God shows his love for us while we were still sinners. Christ died for us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Because, if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead, we will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. 

For when I am weak, then I am strong.
- Proverbs 14:12, 1 John 1:9, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9-10,13, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

You never know how much you need God until God is all you've got left. 

Sometimes you think you're strong enough to take the world, young enough to brave the oceans and wise enough to get through the labyrinth of life. Experience all those ups and highs, accomplish this and that, till the lightning strikes and turns things into ashes.

Even worse when the lightning is followed by the storm. Stay there long enough until you realise that God is the only hope you can cling onto. There's so much you can do about you and your life, but at the end of the day, God gives, and God takes.

God gives, and God takes. When things are meant to be taken away.. just be confident that our Father in heaven knows the best. He got the blueprint of life and He's the real Mr Know it all.

So when you're up there, remember that God will bless you according to your own capacity. He'll never give more than you can take. For what good is a happy life when you lose your soul?

And when you're down there, and I mean, really, really, really, really, REALLY down there. Remember that God never takes anything away just for fun sake. But thankfully, these are the moments where I can feel so much closer to God and so much grateful of the people He puts in my life. I think it goes the same to the general population - easier to stick to God during the downtimes.

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone of us can only take a certain amount of heartache in life. We're only human, afterall.

Jon McLaughlin - Human

Can you tell me how we got in this situation
I can't seem to get you off my mind
All these ups and downs they
They trip up our good intentions
Nobody said this was an easy ride

After all, we're only human
Always fighting what we're feeling
Hurt instead of healing
After all we're only human
Is there any other reason
Why we stay instead of leaving
After all

Can we get back to the point in this conversation
Where we saw things through each other's eyes
Cause now all I see is ruin and devastation
We all need some place we can hide inside

After all, we're only human
Always fighting what we're feeling
Hurt instead of healing
After all we're only human
Is there any other reason
Why we stay instead of leaving

I'm smart enough to know that life goes by
And it leaves a trail of broken hearts behind
If you feel I'm letting go, just give me time
I'll come running to your side
Can you tell me how we got into this situation
I can't seem to get you off my mind

After all, we're only human
Always fighting what we're feeling
Hurt instead of healing
After all we're only human
Is there any other human [2x]

May 1, 2013

Make Love Your Goal

It's this new up and coming British Youtube cover-turn-artist Gabriella Aplin. Her voice is really sweet and angelic.. This song is particularly touching to me. The line make love your goal strikes my conscience over and over again.

People say it's more important to do what's right than what's nice. However true this sounds, I think God's always wanted us to be nice and loving and gentle and compassionate, instead of being right and harsh. This is exactly why I'm always up against the term harsh discipline. Why make it harsh if we can have it the gentlest way?

As a Christian I'll always believe that only God can change hearts. It's only God and only God and only Him alone that can move and shift human's heart. It doesn't matter what others do or tell us to do, if we don't want to change, we won't.

So how can a foreign soul influence another soul to change and do what's right?
1. By doing what's right himself (the principle of leading by example)
2. By gently teaching/rebuking with love (the #2 principle of Jesus - love your neighbour as you love yourself)
3. By praying to God over the situation (principle of bypass - ask God and thy shall receive)

Make love your goal.
Make love your goal.
Make love your goal.

God is love. Jesus is the embodiment of God's huge love toward mankind. And we, humans, we are created to receive God's love and to love others back in return. We are capable of love. You are capable of love and you are meant to love those around you.

Have you made love your goal for today? :)

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels,
but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I had the gift of prophecy,
and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge,
and if I had such faith that I could move mountains,
but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
If I gave everything I have to the poor 
and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;
but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. 
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. 
It does not demand its own way. 
It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 
It does not rejoice about injustice
but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 
Love never gives up, never loses faith, 
is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages 
and special knowledge will become useless. 
But love will last forever! 
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete,
and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 
But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

- Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13

The Power of Love - Gabriella Aplin