Love Anyway

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 NIV

We can be stressed sometimes.  Out of stress I wanted to unload the burden on other people.  In my head I would shout at them for delaying what I need to accomplish for the day.  But then I would be reminded of the Gospel.  Of what Jesus did for me.  Who am I to be impatient when God has been so patient and kind and gentle to me?  I have been forgiven much so I should love much.

I’m continuing to love.  No matter how much we hurt by the things that we can’t have and by other people, we continue to love by being compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient.

I continue to love because at the end of it all, I know God will be my reward.  In the end everything will be alright.  In the end I get to be with God forever.

Two Status

Thinking about my lovelife or the lack thereof, I opened my FB homepage. I saw status from 2 ladies. The first one was about how she was leisurely walking and looking up then she saw some artworks. Enjoying it, she took pictures and posted on FB. She’s obviously very happy. And I know why.

The next status was just pictures of people with this lady. This lady is charming, attractive to boys. In the picture, she was drinking with friends. This lady was in a relationship but she was still married. So she could not marry her bf yet.

A question entered my mind. Which of these example would I choose to follow?

The first one followed and surrendered her lovelife to God. There were struggles but she let God take hold of her heart. The result is a beautiful, better than ever love life. I learned that surrender and obedience to God yield the best result. She had to wait but it was worth it.

The second one followed herself. What she wants. She has drawn her security from the affection and attention of the opposite sex. She didn’t really want what happened to her. She was just a victim of circumstances. She’s in love but she could not just marry him.

The obvious choice would be the first one. Surrendering and obeying God with our lovelife require grace from God to endure the wait. To stand God’s refining fire. God will always be there ready to help us when we ask Him to and even if we don’t ask Him. He’s there ready to protect and guard our hearts and to burn all the impurities of our lives. We can rest in the truth that God will give us what is best for us and when it is from God, there will be peace. 🙂

A Little More

Follow God’s example on how to love.

I can see the hand of God at work in my life.  But it would be better if He will allow me to get what I want, right?  But He knows better and I trust Him.  I am surrendering my will to His will.  For things are falling into place–like something has been revealed to you and that you have seen how everything is unfolding.

God is teaching me on love.  How to love God more and how I should love others through God’s example.

Based on what I’ve been reading lately:

Love is an action.  It’s not a feeling.  It is a decision.  It is action.  It is more than attraction and arousal.  It is a decision.  Loving one another is a command from God.  We can’t command our feelings though.  So love is not a feeling but an action.  “If love were just an emotion, then God could not command it.  But love is something you do.  It can produce emotion, but love is an action.” (Rick Warren)

Love is a choice.  You must choose to love.  You may have been brought to this moment.  You may feel like you have no choice.  But really, when it comes to love, you have a choice.  That is why we have free will.  God wants us to freely choose to love Him.

We love because God first loved us.  It’s a fact of life.  You go into a relationship if you know that that person loves you.  You’ve got to love each other.  But sometimes we are asked to show love to others even if they do not love us.  And we can do that because the source of our love is the love of God for us.  We can show kindness because we know how to love and love is kindness.

Love is a skill that can be learned.  The only way to be great at loving is to love.

Love is a habit.  We are called to love everyone even the unlovable.  It can only happen through God.  If we receive God’s love in our lives, we can then learn to love others.

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] 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,[b] 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor 13 NIV)

What a great passage!  I’ve been reading this passage for years now but it is only now that I come to understand this.  Thank You God for Your grace, for letting me understand what this means.  I love You Lord.  I choose to love You Lord.

On Love

God is teaching me about love.

First, He reminded me of the story of Ruth and Boaz.  It made me think of romantic love.  Somehow I was thinking of this possible Boaz in my life.  It’s a bit far-fetched but it is possible.  But I don’t want to fool myself.  I don’t even feel anything which is good because I want my heart guarded.  Then I realized that my Boaz is God Himself and not just any man.  Maybe, my Boaz is not just one person but several people–those who are kind enough to give me favor. 🙂

Then for the past few days, the verses on my devotionals are about 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.  Just like this one:

“…love is kind” (1Cor 13:4 NIV)

It’s not just one devotional, several of the devotionals I’ve been reading focus on love now.

I was thinking of this major decision in my life when God reminded me of Proverbs 21:21 which is:

“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity[a] and honor.”

When I feel like giving up, God reminded me to pursue loyalty.  Loyalty and love.  Wow.  Is that even possible?

Then this morning, the daily verse on my phone is again about love.  I should still praise God in whatever situation I am in.  I should praise Him in times of sadness, fear, discouragement and not just during times of comfort and happiness.  According to my spiritual sister, if the door is still close, we should praise God even in the hallway. 🙂  So that is the key to have my praise and worship of God.

I would always tell God that I love Him.  Then this is what I have realized, that if I truly love God, I should be kind and loyal and do all the attributes written on Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians.  I should trust God and surrender to His will.  I should not insist on what I want but on what God wants for me.  Let His will be done in my life.

I also learned that in times of discouragement and I’m about to give up, I should:

1. Get some rest.  Exhaustion can cause discouragement.

2.  Focus on God.

3.  Know that God is able.

4.  Know that God is willing.

5.  Do not give up unless God tells you to.

I also learned that when God blesses, He adds no burden to it.  I remember all the difficulties I have to face and how easy it is when God really wants to bless me.  It makes me think that God really wants me to be where I am right now.

I can feel that I am about to meet my spiritual family now.  Oh how refreshing it would be.  I am looking forward to Sunday’s service!  My soul thirsts to praise and worship God through music and prayers with other Christians.  Help me God.  Thank You for all Your blessings.  You are worthy to be praised!!!  Amen.

Learning From Ruth

I like how Pastor Joseph Prince puts the lessons on the Book of Ruth:

The moment Ruth depended on God’s grace or favor, she had full access to His blessings.   She’s been granted favor by Boaz, the owner of the field where she is working.

When we depend on God, He’ll give us Boazes in our lives.  Why?  Because God loves us.

In love, women should choose their Boaz and not just some guys.

Boaz favored Ruth from the moment he laid eyes on her. Ruth was not even a Jew, yet he cared for her safety by telling her not to glean in another field and to stay close to his young women. He even commanded the young men working for him not to touch her and to allow her to drink the water which they had drawn

Isn’t that romantic?  To meet our Boaz who would care for our safety and all that?  Women and men should not wait further for their Boaz to arrive, He’s already here and we just have to acknowledge it–our Boaz is God.  God favors us from the moment He conceived the thought about us.  Most of us are not even Jews (His chosen people), yet God cares for our safety by telling us not to glean in another field and to stay close to Him (through the Bible, missionaries, evangelists).

God loves us first that is why we love Him.  God favors whom He loves.

Ruth simply believed that she would find favor in the field that God placed her at the right place at the right time, so that He could open a big door of blessings to her.

Wow!  Just like Ruth, I have to believe.  I’ve got to have faith that I will always find favor in the field that God places me in.  Be here or back home.  That God will open big doors of blessings for me.

Ruth was blessed enough to be married to a Jew whom God is their God.  Lucky her, but all of us can be “lucky”, too.  We are lucky because through Jesus, God extended salvation to all mankind and not just to the Jews.  We are lucky because the Holy Spirit is moving the hearts of Christians to go into the world and share the Good News.

Ruth has suffered pain and loss.  The loss of her husband and becoming a widow.  Yet it has to happen so she would be forced to go back to Israel to meet Boaz so she could have children that will bear David and in the line of David, Jesus will be born.  God can use our pain to create something great.

Ruth is humble.  She humbly accepts her responsibility to Naomi, her mother-in-law.  She humbly accepts that she would have to work and get the leftovers of the other field workers.

Ruth is responsible.  She takes care of Naomi.  She attends to her responsibility.

Ruth listens to wise people.  She listens to the counsel of Naomi.  She is obedient to her.

Such great lessons to think about.

To end this post is this picture:

Stranger

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Girls would often say, “I’m not your typical girl…”  But as for me, well I’m not really sure.

I am someone who thinks about romantic love on Valentine’s day.  I want to feel love–the head over heels, lucky-i’m-in-love, joyful-happy love.  But ever since I have known the meaning of this day, my valentine’s day has always been sad.

There were times that I was single, sometimes in a relationship, with celebration, without celebration.  But no matter what status I was in, I was still sad on this day like something or someone is still missing.

I wanted love on valentine’s day but I never really celebrated it.  Is that typical?

This valentine’s day, my thoughts linger on romantic love.  I tried listening to love songs just because Feb 14 is coming.  I also think about what I would want this valentine’s day.  And I just realized what I want.

I want to feel like nothing is lacking in my life.  I want to acknowledge the completeness I have in God.  That with God in my life–I am joyous, complete, and happy with who I am.  This time around, I want to feel happy this Valentine’s day–not with the typical kind of love that people seek on Valentine’s day but with the love that comes from the Lord.

Love Different

“If music be the food of love, then play on.”

Why do you love?  This week’s message for me is to look deep for the reason why I love.  Is it physical and material?  Or is it something hidden inside–Godly character, perhaps?

I saw how God loves me in the way I see Him as a lover.  In it, I saw Him hold my hand and lead me to this place that He’s going to show me.  He colors this place (my world), nature, flowers, all the beautiful things and He looks at me lovingly delighted to see the gladness in my eyes.  He is pleased that I am pleased.  What a passionate loving God He is 🙂

I want someone who loves God and serves Him with all his heart.  I want a kind and gentle man.