May 9, 2014

Nature's Law

When you see a proud, insensitive, critical, harsh, judging and condemning Christian, please don't quicky jump into conclusion that Jesus is as bad. Those things are the opposite of what Jesus taught. 

We admit that we're not all there is. Being a devout Christian actually makes us aware of our serious pitfall in life.....that is our sin. We want to love God's kind of love, yet everyday we struggle fighting against our sinful nature. 

We're aware that superiority complex is a serious issue in God's eyes, because God is the only rightful judge (not us). We live by grace, yet we often condemn those in different frequency of faith. We want to respect people, yet we too often mock and kill people's reputation by our selfish tongues. 

Those are sins. And it's not about 'we' or the 'non-we' because everyone struggles with the same sinful nature. In our head I know what I want to do, to love and to bless people, but in my sinful nature, I keep on doing the things I don't want to do. Do you get the irony? Have you ever felt that irresistable pull to be foolish, selfish, and immature?

It's so hard to resist sin. But thankfully by God's power, it's possible. I know it's true, because it's the truth. Me believing in it or not got nothing to do with it being the truth. Thank you God for Your words of wisdom, thank you for revealing Yourself in ways most understandable by us. Thank you for being present in this wicked world. Amen. 

Romans 7:14-25
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 

As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. 

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 

Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

May 4, 2014

Love The Way Jesus Do It

Was listening to Celine Dion's Because You Loved Me and got reminded of how big God's love for me, and all of us humanity, is. Check out the lyric and see if that's the kind of love you've longed for in a lifetime. 

I read about Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom's divorce, and it makes me wonder why they're staying good friends, responsible mom and dad to the baby boy, while still wanting to be divorced? Could it be that they both are dissatisfied with the marriage?

Those two are the kindest and most scandal-free (and good looking) celebs I've known. Is divorce the only solution to their path of finding life's happiness? What's the kind of love they're looking for? 

Jesus teaches that only God's love can wholly make us complete. None of the world can, whether it's beauty, fame, riches, reputation, or even an extremely rare-to-found loving soul. 

Only God can satisfy our thirst and longing of love. Being sinful, human's selfish nature wants to be loved first before we can practice love out to others. If God doesn't initially give us love, how are we, then, able to know what perfect love is? If He doesn't perform sacrificial act of love first, if He doesn't teach us what love is, if He doesn't instruct us to love one another and how to do so, if He didn't send Jesus to show us what love looks like... How can we love?

Love is the instant cure to selfishness. When we love, we choose to die to ourselves and live for other's sake. To love means to consciously choose to forgive and let go what we want if it's at the expense of others, because love never esteems oneself as better or superior than others. 

Love shows itself in the apologies we utter even when we do nothing wrong, simply to keep the peace at home. Love means replying critical and hurtful remarks by gentle answer, because we accept our friend's weaknesses and choose to love them still. 

Love means to still doing good and be loving to those who disappoint us, those who badmouth us, or those who plot harm against us. Love is a feast of forgiveness, like Jesus who forgives when He's dying on the cross. 

Love wants the best thing to happen in other's lives. Love supports, encourages, strengthens and builds each other up. Love longs to fill other's heart with joy, if it's within our reach to do so. Love makes us brave to do what's right, because we know that true wisdom is the path to right living. 

Love griefs seeing injustice done to the innocent. Love protects the weak from harm. Love wants to nurture and develop people to be the best they can be. Perfect love casts away fear, so strong of a force that not even death can separate love from us. Remember Titanic? 

Ultimately, love is willing to give up oneself to see others live. We being happy is NOT love, it is we being selfish. To lay down our lives for our beloved, that's true love. 

Being selfish is nowhere near being loving. Selfishness takes your priority away from people to yourself. It is within our nature to be selfish, and it's okay, because God loves us no matter how we are. But let's aim to grow out of our selfish ways, and die to our old selves, to be more like Jesus when He shout forgiveness on the cross. 

Love is a duty. Love is a sacrificial act. Happy times isn't indicator of how much love we have- the bad times is. We are loved by those people who stay in the rough times, when we're at the worst. We are loved by compromises and sacrifices made for us, by the acceptance of our flaws and painful attitude. 

God loves you and I so much. Let's love as how He's loved us. 

1 John 4:7-8 
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."

1 John 4:19
"We love because he first loved us."

John 15:13
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."

Romans 5:8
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

Romans 8:35-39
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."

"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Ephesians 3:17-19
"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

Galatians 2:20 
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me."

1 Corinthians 13:11-13
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal."

"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing."

"If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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. Love never fails."

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

Proverbs 8:17 
"I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me."

Proverbs 8:17 
"I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me."

John 13:34-35 
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

May 2, 2014

I'd Rather Be A Selfish Christian

Do you know that many people struggle with finding happiness? Each time you feel happy, be grateful, because it is one of God's greatest gift in life. No amount of hardwork, money, self-reliance, friends, can give you this emotion. 

Ecclesiastes 5:19
"Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil--this is a gift of God."

As we grow older, we learn that there are things we do that genuinely makes us happy, and there are things that we do because it makes other people happy. Although we're not so much into it, we still do it because when they're happy we're happy too. 

Thus, is it selfish to do good deeds to others because we ultimately aim to be happier ourselves? I don't know. I only know that in my head and in my soul, I want to do good, regardless of whether it'll make me happy or not, but it is my sinful nature that prohibits me to keep doing the good that I want. Becase my nature is selfish. 

Romans 7:18-25
"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing."

"Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law;  but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members."

"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin."

Then if I feel happy doing a selfless act, it is not a result of my proactive attitude in gaining happiness. It is God's gift. Because the emotion of contentment, joy, peace, happiness, are God's exclusive gifts to those who earnestly seek Him. 

Romans 15:13
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Can you tell the difference between a selfish and selfless person? Selfish people may seem to be doing so many good deeds, but in their heart they know that the good deeds are for indirect, future personal gain (good reputation, self satisfaction, happiness). Selfless is when we're doing it for God. Selfish: self-aimed. Selfless: God-aimed. 

James 3:13-17
"Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic."

"For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere."

Based on this standard I'm definitely in the selfish category. Bitter jealousy and selfish ambition, i'm no stranger to this.

Focusing on God makes it easier to be selfless. Now when I do good, it's because God wants me to do good, and I obey. A lot of people seem to be wise and charitable on the outside, but only God knows the heart. I hope He'll let me stay selfless day by day as I kneel down on His presence. 

Psalm 139:23-24
"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

God reveals this knowledge through bible and it clicks, so be it. Who knows what'll click later on. Just sharing that the good-looking Christians aren't all that they appear to be. Noone's exempt from sin except by God's supernatural intervention. Everyone's sinful anyway. If I was selfish and Godless, I'm really grateful that nowadays I am selfish together with God.

But alas, easier to just focus on God and loving one another. That's one true mark of Christianity. 

John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”