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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Christians come, let us love others

I still remembered in my earlier Christian walk with the Lord, I was in a situation where I had no Church to go to… I had no Pastor to guide me… I was young and na├»ve, confused and most of all I had just gone through a drastic change in my life where I had an encounter with Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour a few months prior to the-worst-chapter-of-my-life. But, despite all of the wrong I have done… the wrong that was done upon me… A Christian friend was available and patient enough with me to show me some love, concern, wanting the best for me and most of all became an ally that has received me back into fellowship with Christ.

Loving others

 

To this day I have found liberty to love others from within the Church and show some love to visitors and to those who have yet to know the Lord. Although I would not dare to say I have perfected love and my skills to win people to be friends or even being an ace to actually love others as a Christian… Still I’ll give it a shot because I know, I should.

In this present day, as digital technology is growing rapidly and eyes stuck to i-pads, i-phones, smartphones and even smart-watches has somehow made people mind their own business and living in their own little world. Sadly, love can be seen lacking within fellow Christians and even from Christians towards people who never knew Christ, people who has no knowledge of Jesus and what He has done for all mankind throughout the ages…

What is Love? What does the Bible says about Love?


The 1st Book of Corinthians [Chapter 8, Verses 1 ~ 8] (The Holy Bible)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

And should we as Christians Love?

The Book of Colossians [Chapter 3, Verse 14] (The Holy Bible)

But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

YES!! We are commanded literally to PUT ON LOVE. Like putting on our clothes, we put on love upon our lives.


Why we as Christians should love??

Because, God first loved us
Loving us when we never deserved or earned it
It was given by His GRACE and MERCY towards us

GOD, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY loves you and me!! Why shouldn’t we love others?

The Book of Romans [Chapter 8, Verses 38-39] (The Holy Bible)

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I come back to the story where I had a Christian friend who extended his hand to reach out to me and showed me love. I was miserable and confused as I said… To the point where I was having weird ideas on Christianity and began to suddenly said to my friend I want to teach you things… He humbly listened to me in a restaurant for nearly 5 hours as I talk and talk and talk about Christianity... The truth was I had head knowledge but I was a clanging cymbal… I got some little new knowledge and my head got bigger at the same time. He was just happy that I just turned into a Christian having a Buddhist background and was just happily accepting my passion of being a new Christian. Although I was not living right still at that time, the Grace of God was upon us both to just have an awesome fellowship.

I do understand that somehow to relate to new Christians with The Bible nowadays would be a bit of a challenge as the number of distractions has increase a hundred fold with the rise of smart-phones bringing in soooooo many apps and features to be explored in an endless internet world. BUT, I also do believe with the help of the Holy Spirit and man’s inner conscience, fellowship between Christian brothers and sisters are still possible and full of greater depth than ever.

WHY?

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever

He never changes and I am confident the WORK of GOD in a converted, born again, Christian-who-encountered-God, Jesus believer, repented-of-sin-Christian is still the same 2000 years ago up to this point of time in the existence of mankind.

It takes a converted heart to be able to love… Because…

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
The Apostle Paul
The Book of Romans
Chapter 5
Verse 5
The Holy Bible

If you’re a Christian… that love… THE LOVE that was changed and saved you… is available to be in you… to be grown and expanded within you. Love others my friend. It is our duty to do so. Begin to love others :)

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Giving a helping hand


Recently, I have been bringing a brother in Christ to Church after he has stopped coming to Church for some time. This brother got a severe stroke and was hospitalized back in 2015 and was near fatal. It was a miracle he survived according to doctors but unfortunately he was paralyzed on his left side of his body and was greatly disappointed with what just has happened. He was a great guitar and bass player. In addition to that, he was on his way to get married after getting engaged the same year. The engagement did not last and he is now single... at home... and discouraged.

There were times where people tried to reach out to him and bring him to Church and was not successful. I myself have visited him quite a number of times to give him comfort and show that we still love him. As the months passed by, people stopped visiting him and just moved on in life and began to work with other people as this brother was still discouraged and full of questions why the bad things has happened to him.

The year is 2017 of the month of October... and I still had him in my mind... By this time, he has had a car accident too after trying to drive around the highway wanting to make an effort to do something independently on his own. I visited him again determined to bring him to Church.

We talked... He talked, I listened and I talked he listened... The conversation was about to end up the same way it has always ended up... But, some wisdom kicked in to me to say something different this time.

"I still remember you picked me up to Church when I was still learning to drive a car"

"I would be happy to see you at Church and I believe the Pastor would too."

I do understand that we go to Church in focus of Jesus Christ our risen Lord... But, something in that words were some wisdom in a human level relationship. A love between Christian brothers.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

The Book of John
Chapter 13
Verses 34 and 35
The Holy Bible

There was just a breakthrough in those words just made him say "Okay, I'll come to Church." and he did come with me to Church. In the beginning it was a bit overwhelming for him but as the week goes by, he began to have a smile on his face again being surrounded by Church people who does care for him and gives him support. He began to break away from self pity and told me he was going to go for another round of rehab to get his movement back. HE IS NOT GIVING UP!


Although it's just been a few weeks, but i believe as he keeps coming to Church and believing God for  a continuous work in his life... He's going to be restored in the Kingdom of God even better stronger than before. Bad things might of happened and the effects of that stroke might of damaged him... BUT Jesus Christ our Lord is a redeeming working God and He is indeed our Savior, Redeemer and Healer to SAVE us and restore us and presented unto God, The Father. What the devil has planned for evil GOD can turned it to GOOD and bring a blessing into his life.

I'm looking forward of what will transpire in the coming weeks and I'll keep him in my prayers!


Therefore, if there's that struggling brother out there who needs a helping hand... Just a kind sincere word could help them and it goes a long way. Love one another in brotherly love as The Lord has commanded us as Christians. His Words Never fails.