Good versus Evil

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Mga Taong Hindi Lubos na Nakakaalam ng Masamang Bagay” for March 31, 2016)

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The Bible teaches us that there are people who are drawn into doing wicked things in the sight of the Lord. The Bible tells us, “Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands. Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. They pursue evil schemes; acts of violence mark their ways.” (Isaiah 59:7-8)

Long before, these people have forgotten about God, they go from one sin to another. They do not acknowledge God.  They have been deceived by the devil to do things that are abominations to the Lord. They cannot sleep unless they do evil things. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. (Proverbs 4:16)

Indeed, there are some who loved the falsehood rather than the truth, who loved evil rather than good.

Unfortunately, these people are bound to be punished. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil (Romans 2:9). The Bible tells us, “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done” (Romans 2:5-6)

Evildoers and unrepentant people will suffer eternal damnation and they will not escape the wrath of God.

If there are people who neglected God, there are those who keep His commands and will. They are those who at the very start, have embraced to love God with all their heart, mind and soul. They are known for their love of God’s commands more than anything in this life, more than the food they eat, more than the wealth they have acquired in life.

The Bible tells us that whoever keeps God’s commandments keeps their life (Proverbs 4:16). This means that the eternal reward of keeping God’s will and commands is salvation. Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6).

This topic gives us an idea about the balance of life on earth. In every good deed, there is an evil deed. It will only depend on what we choose in life. God has given us the freedom to choose the desires of our hearts. But be careful, many have chosen the evil side rather than what God wants us to choose. Free will is dangerous if we do not know how to choose. The secret here is to choose properly. If we do not know what to choose, read the words of God and we shall understand.

The words of God will help us understand more about the consequences of choosing evil things and choosing righteousness.

If we have chosen to walk and follow the will of God, our goal is to keep them until we reap the prize of salvation. Constant prayers are important to overcome temptations and struggles. In times of temptations, the best way to overcome it is to avoid it and run away from it. Apostle Paul tells us, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

If we keep God’s will and commands, it will teach us to control our weaknesses. It will also teach us to strengthen our faith. If we have strong faith, then there is nothing that we cannot do, there is nothing that we cannot overcome.

 

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Hearing and Seeing the Words of God

(From the Sermon entitled, “Silang Nakarinig na Hindi Nakaunawa at Silang Nakakita at Hindi Nakamalas” for March 24 and 27, 2016)

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Certainly, the Bible tells us that one of the most important things that we should acquire as a person is the knowledge and wisdom of God’s will. God wants all men to know His truth and He wants everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

People can acquire many things in this life. They can get rich and be wealthy, live according to their desires, however, that will only be temporary. Everything in this life will eventually end. And when we die, we can never bring with us all that we have acquired in life. People are always focusing on things that are short-term. They failed to fix their eyes and thoughts on things that are eternal.

The words of God bring us towards having an eternal life with God. But first, we need to hear, listen and understand His words. Take note, that it is not enough that we hear and listen to His words, we need to comprehend everything that it wants us to grasp.

The Bible tells us that faith comes from hearing the words of God (Romans 10:17). We cannot have faith by following traditions and customs. We cannot have faith by inventing our own way of serving the Lord. True faith comes from hearing the words of God. Christ sent His disciples to preach the gospel of the Lord. He has used messengers to preach His words because it is the only way that people can come to have faith in God.

The logic is simple, the Bible tells us, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:13-15)

The formula is simple, faith can be derived from the gospel preached, but the gospel should be delivered by someone who was sent by God. In the early Christian era, the church sent representatives or ambassadors to preach the gospel of the Lord (2 Corinthians 8:23).

However, not all who hear the words of God understand it. Christ tells us, “In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” (Matthew 13:14)

Why do some heard the words of God, but did not understand it?

Jesus Christ answered this question in the form of a parable. The parable of the sower clearly explains, there are those who hear the word and received it with joy, but since they have no root, it lasted only a short time. This means that the words that they have heard did not sink into their hearts and minds.

Continuing, there are those who hear the words of God, but when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. (Matthew 13:19-20)

This goes to show that having true faith and serving the Lord, will make us experience lots of pains and sufferings. Some are called trials or tests and some would call it temptations. The key thing here is to overcome these trials or temptations for the sake of clinging on to the faith that we received.

How do we know those who hear the words of God and understand them?

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalms 111:10) It is very clear here that those who truly understand are those who obey God’s will and commands. True understanding can be measured by a change or transformation. It is not real understanding if we only hear or listen to it. The book of Job tells us that the true understanding is someone who turn away from evil (Job 28:28). Turning away from wickedness is part of living a transformed life, all according to the righteousness of the Lord.

If people say that they have received true understanding, yet they do not show a transformed life, that will be a contradiction to the true definition of real understanding of the will of God.

The ancient Israel is a perfect example of those who was able to see but never perceive. They have already experienced God’s power, mercy and love in many instances, but they failed to realize and recognize all of them in their lives.

Another instance that we need to understand is their failure to recognize Christ as the foretold Messiah. If they had only realized that it is Him that was written in their Scriptures, then, they should not have crucified Him in the cross. But then, Christ has told us, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.” (John 15:22)

That part of history should be a lesson for everyone of us.

Now that we know and understand Him truly, we should recognize that we are nearing to His return. Apostle Paul tells us to give importance to our meetings and holy gatherings, as well as to encourage one another.  (Hebrews 10:25) Apostle Peter tells us, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self- controlled and sober- minded for the sake of your prayers.” (1 Peter 4:7)

Apostle James adds, “You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:8) This was written almost two thousand years ago. If this was said before in his letter, then, if we believe it, the coming of the Lord is really approaching. The hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed (Romans 13:11).

To prepare for this, we need to wake up, cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires (Romans 13:12-14).

 

 

 

 

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The Baptism of Christ

(From the Sermon entitled, “Ang Bautismo ng Panginoong Hesukristo” for March 20, 2016)

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Why was Christ baptized?

If He is the Lord of Lords and Kings of Kings, if He is the savior and Lord, why does He need to be baptized?

Christ was baptized by His cousin, John the Baptist in Jordan river (Matthew 3:13-17). Unknown to many, John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

Clearly, John’s concern is understandable. He baptizes for confession of sin and repentance (Matthew 3:2, 6 and 11). He knows that Christ Jesus had no sins to confess and or be forgiven of. John’s baptism was for those who turned from their sin and thereby became fit for the arrival of the great King. Why, then, would the sinless King Himself want to be baptized?

Indeed, John, who is a prophet, heralded the perfection of the savior. He knows that Christ is sinless, and when he saw Christ coming to him to be baptized, the first impression of John asking Christ why He had to come to him is an indirect recognition of Christ’s perfection.

If there is someone who is more aware of His own sinlessness, it was Christ Himself. Why did He submit Himself to an act that testified to confession and repentance of sin?

There have been many interpretations regarding Christ’s baptism. Some explained that what Christ did is a typical rite of initiation for His priesthood and ministry. Others would explain that Christ was just want to identify Himself with the Gentiles, who were initiated in Judaism as proselytes by the act of baptism. Others explain that the baptism of Jesus is a recognition and endorsement of the authority of John the Baptist as a true prophet of God.

However, we have read that Christ was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. What He did is just to set an example for everyone to follow (1 Peter 2:21). Remember, that Christ is the fulfillment of the coming Messiah. Long before, the prophets have prophesied about Him. He is just fulfilling what were written about Him.

However, if we will read the Scriptures, Christ tells us, “I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed.” (Luke 12:50) The baptism that Christ is telling here is not about John’s baptism. It is not about repentance and forgiveness of sins through water baptism. Notice, that it was said that until is completed, Christ would have to undergo constraints.

Christ is telling us about His death. This baptism, similarly is intended for the sins of many. And can be fulfilled by Christ with His atoning death on the cross, as part of His sin-bearing redemptive work.

Paul explains, “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:3-4)

Each of us who was baptized became part of the redemptive work of Christ. Each of us benefited and was forgiven. This must be done in order for us to start a new life with God. Thus, we need to be born again in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. (John 3:3-5). We need to be born in water and spirit, just as Christ exemplified. This water symbolizes baptism that now saves us also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. (1 Peter 3:21)

The power of baptism is great. It has the power to forgive all our sins and gives us the opportunity to start a brand new life, all according to the will and righteousness of God. This is our part of fulfilling all righteousness.

Lastly, when Christ was baptized by John, a voice was heard declaring Him to be the son of the Most High God. Others explained and concluded that Christ and the Father are two different entities.

They did not acknowledge that Christ is just setting an example for everyone to follow. If we are baptized, we are being born again. If we are born again, we are not born in flesh and in blood because that will only happen to us once. We are being born again in spirit. We become children of God, born of God.

The Bible explains, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12) 

We are therefore expected to walk according to His expectations. The Apostle Paul tells us, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:8-11)

 

 

 

 

 

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Forgetting God

(From the Sermon entitled, “Ang Kahihinatnan ng mga Taong Nangakalimot sa Dios” for March 17, 2016)

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In every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. That is the law of cause and effect.

Serving God wholeheartedly and according to His will, will give us material and eternal reward. Conversely, if we forget God in our lives, the consequence will not be pleasing to us.

Except those who do not believe in God, there are people who forget God in their lives by not fulfilling their duties and obligations. This happened to ancient Israel. They have forgotten God because they failed to observe His commands, His decrees and laws (Deuteronomy 8:11).

Instead of remembering God who helped them out of the bondage from Egypt, they learned to burn incense to worthless idols (Jeremiah 18:15). God commanded them to obey Him and promised that He will be their God, and they will be His people. As long as they are walking in obedience as God commanded them to do, they will reap the goodness and mercy of the Lord. However, they did not listen nor pay attention to what God had commanded them. They followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward (Jeremiah 7:23-24).

Thus the Lord says, ““My people are fools;

they do not know me.

They are senseless children;

they have no understanding.

They are skilled in doing evil;

they know not how to do good.”

(Jeremiah 4:22)

 

Prophet Isaiah tells us, “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.” (Isaiah 1:2-4) These verses tell us how the ancient Israel, the so called, people and children of God rebelled against Him despite God’s nurture and affections.

For many instances, God had able to make them come back to Him through the prophets that were sent to them. However, the cycle of coming back to Him and then rebelling against Him afterwards continue. For many years, this has been the cycle of the ancient Israel’s relationship with God.

The cycle had continued for a long time, until God had decided to do something. He cursed them. The Bible tells us that those He curses will be destroyed (Psalms 37:22). This happened to them. They were destroyed many times by their enemies.

The covenant of God and Israel continues. However, the people of Israel did not honor their covenant with God. Until such a time that God had severed His ties with them. Because of lack of faith, Israel was cut off from God (Romans 11:20).

Thus, we shall know that God does not allow rule breakers to dwell in His house. It is His trait to clean them out of His sight. The Bible tells us, “My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me.  No one who practices deceit

will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.  Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the Lord.” (Psalms 101:6-8)

The lesson we need to learn on this topic is simple. Be warned and be afraid of the Lord. If the ancient Israel was cut off, we can be cut off as well if we don’t keep the other end of our covenant with Him. God shows favor to the humble but He also punishes the wicked.

Let us learn to humble ourselves before the Lord and continue to dwell in His presence, with thanksgiving in our hearts, keeping is commands and will, which is our purpose of existence.

 

 

 

 

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The Lord Separates the Sheep from the Goats

(From the Sermon entitled, “Ang Pagbubukod-bukod ng Dios sa Kaniyang Kawan” for March 13, 2016)

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The church is likened to a flock and Christ is our Pastor (John 10:11).

He is a good shepherd. He had laid His life for His sheep to show His enormous love for all His children who became His followers and believers in His church, the church of God (Acts 20:28). And as His church continues to grow, many who have been called may not able to continue serving the Lord because of many reasons.

What were the reasons for all of these?

It was written in the Bible that God will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:32-33). What is the meaning of this verse?

For sure, the Lord knows who are His sheep, the Bible tells us, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—” (John 10:14) The sheep are those who obediently follow the shepherd. They are quiet and tame. The sheep are God’s people (Matthew 9:36; 10:6).

The Lord loves His flock so much and He went down because He saw that His sheep got lost. The people of Israel are His sheep. He wanted them to be gathered under His flock. This is the reason why He built the church of God, an assembly on whom the Apostles were placed primarily and afterwards, the lost sheep.

Everyone, who heard the voice of the shepherd (Christ), came to Him and were baptized into His church (Acts 2:38,47).

If the Lord gathered His sheep into His flock, why there is a need to separate them from one another?

Notice from the verse above, that He will separate the sheep from the goats. This means that not all who were called turned out to be real sheep of His flock. Some of them, eventually became goats. If the sheep are the best followers of His will and commands, then, the goats are the disobedient servants.

Surely, He knows everyone of us. He knows if we are a sheep or a goat.

Eventually, in His time, He will separate the sheep from the goat just as He did before in the early Christian era. Why did God separate them from one another?

The Bible tells us what happened. In Malachi 2:10, we can read, that some of His children acted falsely against one another. They have broken the family union (Zachariah 11:14). They forgot about the commandment of loving one another (2 Peter 2:17; 3:8).

And those who did wrong with their brothers will not be left unaccounted. The separation of the sheep and the goats is God’s version of the judgment inside His household. In 1 Peter 4:17, we can read, “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

 Therefore, judgment is already happening in the church. And those who are not worthy are surely have been separated. However, it is God alone who makes all the judgment. Nobody in the church has the right to separate a member from the body.

A faithful who has an authority, for example, will only be separated from his authority. There is no such thing as excommunication by anyone, even the highest ranking members of the church can be separated from their duties if they become abusive.

Certainly, God is very consistent. He has done it before. He will do it again. He will separate the sheep from the goat. Those who are unworthy will be punished. They will be corrected. And if it is the will of God that they will be cut off from His church, then they will be. The Bible tells us, “Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.” (Ecclesiastes 3:15) 

We should know by now that God is a very serious God.

He doesn’t tolerate wrong deeds. Surely, He loves us dearly. However, we should love Him back by following His will and commands. The book of Psalms tells us, (Psalms 101:4-8) 

“My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,

that they may dwell with me;

the one whose walk is blameless

will minister to me.

 No one who practices deceit

will dwell in my house;

no one who speaks falsely

will stand in my presence.

 Every morning I will put to silence

all the wicked in the land;

I will cut off every evildoer

from the city of the Lord”

 

It was very clear that it has been God’s trait to clean His house. He doesn’t want evildoers to dwell in His presence. Those who want to stay should be obedient and faithful.

And those who would stay will be purified and be cleansed (Zachariah 13:8-9).

Apostle Paul advises us, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;” (Ephesians 4:1-3)

As we continue to be humble, gentle, patient and bearing one another in love, we thank God for all His love. We thank God for He remain to be our Pastor, our shepherd, who will continue to lead and direct us towards the eternal life. Amen.

 

 

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 Trust and the Day of the Lord

(From the Sermon entitled, “Ang Dapat Iukol ng mga Lingkod sa Papapalapit na Kaarawan ng Panginoon” for March 10, 2016)

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The day of the Lord will certainly come. After all, it was written.

No words from God that do not makes sense. Everything will come true if it was written. That’s the power of God’s words. They are meant to happen even if we believe or not.

While the times of today are getting dangerous as ever because of man’s attributes as told and prophesied by Apostle Paul in his second letter to Timothy chapter 3, verses 1-5, we can’t escape the fact that the day of the Lord nears. Thousands of years ago, these verses were written to show us of what’s like the day of the Lord, (Zephaniah 1:14-18)

“The great day of the Lord is near —

near and coming quickly.

The cry on the day of the Lord is bitter;

the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.

 That day will be a day of wrath—

a day of distress and anguish,

a day of trouble and ruin,

a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and blackness —

 a day of trumpet and battle cry

against the fortified cities

and against the corner towers.

 “I will bring such distress on all people

that they will grope about like those who are blind,

because they have sinned against the Lord.

Their blood will be poured out like dust

and their entrails like dung.

 Neither their silver nor their gold

will be able to save them

on the day of the Lord ’s wrath.”

 

People should not forget about this, nor neglect it. It would surely come believe it or not.

Even if people deliberately forget or neglect the power of God’s words, that doesn’t change what’s going to happen. (2 Peter 3:5-7)

However, for servants and faithful, who patiently waits for the day of the Lord, that day will be a day of salvation. If we trust and believe that the day of the Lord will come, and we patiently wait for it, then that day will not be a day of wrath for us, but a day to rejoice.

For in His coming, we would receive His promise.

So, the relationship of the day of the Lord and trust is great.

Trusting the Lord is really important. It is how we show our faith in Him because we believe in Him even we don’t see Him. We completely trust the Lord through His words alone.

How do we know that we completely trust the Lord?

A believer who completely trusts the Lord continuously serve God in all circumstances. His faith is established and firm. He cannot be moved from the hope held out in the gospel of the Lord (Colossians 1:23).

That believer isn’t only trusting God’s words. He puts them into practice like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

Indeed, the faith that was given to us once helps us to trust God more as days go by. And as His coming approaches, we lean on to that trust that on that day, the Lord would surely redeem us from this troubled world and bring us into His kingdom, where we could be with Him, eternally.

While we patiently wait for His return, our hearts, though bothered with the troubles and worries continue to rejoice and give gratitude. We offer our thanksgiving with praises in our hearts. We thank God for His priceless gift, the gift of trust.

 

 

 

 

 

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Living a Peaceful Life

(From the Sermon entitled, “Ang Itinuturong Paraan na Marapat Gawin upang Tayo ay Masumpungan sa Kapayapaan sa Buong Panahon” for March 3 and 6, 2016)

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Peace is elusive.

Does this mean we really can’t find peace on earth? Actually, we can.

If we find peace on earth, we cannot find it. The peace coming from the world is either fake or only temporary. If we seek peace from the wealth, power and glory of this world, we will fail.

However, peace is attainable through Christ. He is the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6), the Lord of peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16), and He himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:13-14). If until now, we are not at peace with God, then we need Christ in our lives. Christ will bring us near to God through His blood. He will destroy the barrier or wall (sins), which separates or divides men from God. Through His words, we have received peace.

Having peace is a ticket to seeing God. The Bible tells us, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

In many instances, God would want us to live in peace and in harmony with one another, as well as with the world. God is not a God of disorder but of peace —as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people (1 Corinthians 14:40). Apostle Paul encourages members, “… brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

 In many cases, others would choose to live disorderly, even in the church of God. Apostle Paul tells us, “take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction, do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.” (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15)

There are a number of reasons that we saw the members of the church of God walked and lived disorderly. Envy is one of them.  Apostle James writes, “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (James 3:14-16)

 This attitude should not be seen on members of the church because this is not taught by the words of God. It can also be a cause of confusion and quarrels among the members (1 Corinthians 1:11-13).

Remember, if we walk in confusion and disorderly manner, we will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:7-10).

As we received the peace that comes from Christ himself, it shall guide and direct us to live according to the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). It made us walk in one spirit, and that spirit is already given to us. This is how and why we are called, to walk according to the perfect will and righteousness of God.

Walking against God’s will means we are walking according to our own will and understanding. How many times shall we hear the teaching that freedom of the will has been given to us to choose whatever life we want to live? However, there are consequences in our choices. We need to choose what will give us eternal peace and happiness.

We may found peace in this world in our present wealth and abundance. But they are only temporary. What we should aim to attain is the life that will give us permanent peace and happiness. That can only be achieve if we are with Christ. And that, can be attain by following Him, His commands and will.

The Bible tells us, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:30-32)

Instead of walking alone and according to our own will, we should walk humbly with God and act justly and love mercy (Micah 6:8). This is what the Lord requires us to do.

Apostle Paul explains this clearly, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Live in harmony with one another. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21)

If we can all do these things, then certainly, we could all have joyful endings. The book of Psalms tells us, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” (Psalms 37:37) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.  So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him (2 Peter 3:13-14).

If we trust God, then we should not be troubled by anything. Christ tells us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

 The world will teach us to worry and make our life miserable. We just have to be strong and courageous, for we have our God in our side. He will never let us down, nor abandon us in difficult situations. We may feel that He is not there during our troubles, but have faith that, He is actually the one that is lifting us up, so we can continue to live and go on with our lives.

 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:10-11).

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you (2 Corinthians 13:11).

 

 

 

 

 

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