Jesus loves you.

I just finished reading this book entitled “Jesus loves you, this I know”. It was written by two pastors ( Craig Gross and Jason Harper) and basically this book is expounding the very truth in the phrase: “Jesus loves you.” Jesus loves us. He loves people. He loves sinners; these sinners are the very reason why He went down on earth from His heavenly throne. We, the sinners are the very reason why God allowed His one and only Son to die on a cross. Jesus went down on earth because He loves every one, He went here so that everyone of His lost sheep are found. He died for us to gain an eternal life with Him; He so loves us that He doesn’t want us to die with our sins. He died so our sins can die with Him; He rose from death so we can live with Him in eternity.

1 John 4:9-10 – This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

As I finish reading the book, I learned two points that I should always remind myself:

  • Jesus loves you way before you loved Him. – He did not force me to love Him. He loved me first, so I may be able to love Him back.

1 John 4:19 NLT – We love each other because He loved us first.

This made me realize that because I am aware that Jesus loves me, it is my response to His love that I share this truth by loving people and by loving people I mean loving all kinds of people, people who believes and people who does not. Jesus said “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.”  Love is not based on feelings at the moment for feelings cannot be trusted, it is a decision; I chose to love because my God loved me even as a sinner and it’s because I love Him that I will show others how loving He is.

  • I am a sinner too and Jesus loves me.  – I was reminded that I have no right to judge others for the way they live their life. I too was imprisoned in the world of sin, and I can never be able to save myself. It is only because Jesus loves me that I am freed. Yes, there are right things to do and there are sins, but I cannot condemn others for doing wrong, Jesus went here to save humanity, not to condemn. What right do I have to judge people? None, only God can judge for He is the only one who can see what’s inside a man’s heart. Also there would always be time that I would fall short, I will still sin for I am not perfect; I have no right to judge sinners when I also am one. I can only love because God gave me the grace to love.

Now, all I can do is to live my life according to the Word of my Savior. I want to tell the message of my Savior’s love, but this book reminded me that I couldn’t make people experience the love of God if I’m just going to talk about it, I need to also do it. Put words into action; walk the talk. I learned a lot more from this book, and I just can’t seem to put everything in words, but I know that I can definitely do what these two pastors can; to love others as Jesus loves me.

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Forgiveness

Currently reading this book by Philip Yancey entitled “What’s so amazing about grace?”. I’m writing this entry though I haven’t finished the book because I have musings and really just wanted to write down what I feel and what I’ve learned while reading.

How then can we be forgiven if we can’t even forgive all the others who have wronged us? How can we ask our Heavenly Father to forgive us if our hearts are filled with unforgiveness? How can we call ourselves followers of Christ when we’re filled with hatred for others? I was once guilty of this; but God gave me the grace to overcome.

I know very well how hard it is to forgive, though it is easy for us to say that we’ve forgiven, we bear deep inside our hearts the anger… the remorse against that person. C.S. Lewis said “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you”. We human beings are sinners, we all fall short of God’s glory and we don’t have an excuse for breaking His heart repeatedly yet when we ask Him for His mercy and truly repent and put all our trust in Christ Jesus He rejoices and celebrates us, He forgets all our wrongs and when He looks at us.. He doesn’t see us unholy, unrighteous.. HE SEES JESUS; clean, perfect, righteous and unblemished. He is gracious, immensely gracious that He allowed His one and only Son, Christ Jesus to go down on earth from His heavenly thrown to die on the cross for faulty human beings like us. In John 3:16-17 it is said “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trust in, clings in, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.” Jesus went down here on earth to save not to condemn, to forgive and not to accuse. Jesus died for us so we can experience God’s love and live fully our purposes. He went here so we would not experience the punishment that we deserve, God doesn’t want us to suffer the wages of sin that is death (see Romans 6:23), He so loves us that He sent us the Son so that we may live an eternal life with Him. He died on the cross for us to be forgiven, for us not to experience wrath, for our God is not a god of wrath, He is a GOD of LOVE. (He himself is Love, He is graceful, selfless, and caring.)

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He cares for you.

“God told us to honor our parents.” Every time I lose my hope on them I get to be reminded of these thought. It is stated in the Bible for us to obey our parents in the Lord, for it is just and right; we should honor them for this is a commandment from God (Epehesians 6:1-2).

I am from a broken family. My parents broke up in the middle of me struggling through adolescence, not knowing God and having a hard time fitting in a very judgmental environment. It was hard enough for me to go through all of these while having problems at home, but I got over it. Before I graduate high school, we finally kicked ourselves out of our home to live separately from my dad. I held grudges; my heart was filled with resentments and angst against my own dad. I hated life, I wouldn’t want to go through anything, I wanted to be at peace but all I have were sorrows and anger. Though I was mad, I did not rebel against them, I thought of it as a challenge that I can go through that will me stronger. Indeed, it made me stronger. I got over it after some time; I thought it was okay but deep inside of me was a teenager still trying to meet peace. I still am filled with anger for my dad.

I entered college; I still have the burden with me. Then I met Jesus before I finish my college degree, He took away all the resentments in my heart. He made me new. He filled me with His everlasting love and grace. He made me change. I was able to accept our family’s situation entirely, all the hatred I have against my parents He took away and replaced it with joy. I don’t know how Jesus does it but He does. He works wonders!

 Now I have another set of issues, still about my parents. Same problems; different setting. Same heart break; different view. I thank God I don’t have to face it alone this time. I am still new in my walk with God but it feels like forever. He never left anyway, He was there each and every second, I was just ignorant. I am very blessed to be with Him. I am very grateful that He found me and showered upon me His unfailing love.

Now I don’t know what’s next but I will keep on trusting Him. I don’t know the solutions to the problems I have yet, but I know that God is in control. I will not worry, I will not be afraid.

Are you having a stir in life right now? Talk to Him. Seek His face and find peace.

1 Peter 5:7

Casting the whole of your care on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

(post from my old blog, September 8,2012)