Outrageous Love: Part 2

Over the past centuries lot of individuals, movement, religion, and whatnot have misrepresented Jesus. They do their plans “in the name of Jesus” hurting and killing so many lives. Sad thing about it is that Jesus’ name is still being used for their own personal gain.

I’m not writing this to defend His divinity, I am writing this to somehow tell you, my beloved readers, why Jesus came and did what He did when He was here on earth, and the WHY behind WHAT He did is far more important to me. But before anything else, I do not claim to be a theologian, I am though, a Christian who’s been smitten by this outrageous love that only He (Jesus) can give.

One day when I went home to visit my mom, one of our cute dogs, Coleen, approached me with her tail wagging like crazy, then she dropped something on my foot like a gift from her to me. To my surprise horror it’s not a toy but a cockroach, barely alive twitching and turning trying to escape his uh . . . death. So I shook my leg horrendously wanting to get that thing off my foot. But my dog was just so happy, she offered her gift of love and who am I to complai? But I don’t need her gift, I don’t need her pet cockroach, I just want to play with her.

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We humans are somehow like Coleen, we come to God and we offer our gifts of love, our sacrifices, our good works trying to please Him — our Master. But God doesn’t need our gifts for He owns everything, He doesn’t need our talents nor our good works, He just wants you and me. All this sacrifices and good deeds are like filthy rags to Him (or like that cockroach). God is not an insecure God that if you don’t do certain religious stuff He’ll be sad or mad at us. In reality, He was the One who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy Him forever. I’m not talking about hyper grace here, but I am presenting this outrageous, lavish love He wants to give us.

Now about good works and obedience to His word and commands, we still have to obey that. Not to show how much you love Him but for us to know how much He loves us, so that we may understand His will and know, by obeying, His will is good, pleasing and perfect for us.

How then do we receive this “outrageous love”? By simply admitting that, by your own good works, you cannot merit His love. We can only get it if we receive it by faith. Acknowledge that it is only through Jesus that we can go to God — nothing more, nothing less. Some may be offended by its simplicity, some may not even accept Jesus. But Jesus is not moved to love you more if you love him back or not, because even before He went to that cross He had already decided to love you and me extravagantly. And now the question remains, will you accept that love? If you do then I want you to pray and tell God that you want to receive that love and acknowledge that it is only through Jesus you can receive that eternal love from the Him, our Father.

46  Current mood: loved.

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For the Love of (Part 3): The nations

Ask.

Seek. Knock. That’s what the Bible says in Matthew 7. We can ask for cars, houses, babies, relationships, success for your business, jobs, etc. Nothing wrong with that, I’m also praying for those things. Interesting about God is that He also wants us to ask for this one thing He loves–the nations.

“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” (Psalms 2:8 NIV)

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But we have to remember that when we ask for certain things there are prerequisites. Like, when we ask for a car–we need to have a driver’s license; when we we want to travel outside the country–we need to have a passport. And when we ask for the nations–we need to have a big heart to love the people–

broken people

selfish people

lost people.

We can’t love the nations if we’re too busy loving ourselves. Are you ready to die to yourself in order to serve others? Are we ready to ask God to have a big heart and a strong faith to love His people? If yes, then what are you waiting for? He’ll give it to you. Go and

Ask.

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For the love of (Part 2): Yourself

Selfie

is named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013. Selfie is a photograph that one has taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Language research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveal that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year. (Source: here)

We love ourself so much, don’t we? Posting online, from what we’re wearing to what we’re about to eat; letting people know our opinions, our pains, our happiness—we crave for so much attention. And the “likes” we receive, are vitamins for our egos.

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I am guilty of what I just mentioned.

Love yourself” is what the world is telling us to do. And it’s not hard to do, in fact, our own flesh wants it—it is satisfying. But, again, what does the bible say about loving ourself? In Galatians 5:14 it says,

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The entire law, as what the apostle Paul is trying to say, is summed up in a single command—love your neighbor. How? As you love yourself.

Is it easy? No. Is it doable? Yes. It’ll take a lot of effort on our part, that’s why we need to ask God for grace which enables us to love, not only ourselves, but others as well. Then we become, what people ought to be,

selfless.

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  Current mood: Achievement unlocked!

For the love of (Part 1): The Word

Day and night.

These are the important keywords in Joshua 1:8

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1:8 NLT)

The key to a prosperous and successful life is to learn loving the word of God. Meditate on it, not just when we feel like reading it, or when we are obliged to read it. Read it, meditate on it, eat it (not literally though), and love it.

THEN you will be prosperous and successful.

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. (Proverbs 2: 1-11 NLT)” I suggest you read the whole chapter. 😉

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Photo by: Veejay Jimenez

You can study in prestigious universities if you want; get as much knowledge this world can offer, but if you don’t align your thoughts to the mind who created the universe every knowledge you amass will all be for naught. God has given us the Manual of life–the Bible–and all we have to do is to read it, live it out, and meditate on it

day and night.

56  Current mood: Hungry