Sunday, September 27, 2015

Be Forgiving

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 Matthew 6:14-15

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Do you know of families who pass on the hate towards other families? The negative thought is inherited from one generation to the next. Oftentimes it even involve relatives who might have had a history of misunderstanding among themselves.

Perpetuating Hate

It is so saddening why some people refuse to forgive. There is this case of a family who kept on being different towards another family due to some petty dispute. The family on the spot (the one being hated) tried everything to reach out, to be good so they will be accepted as good friends again by the family that hates them (let us call them “the accuser”).

They attend important occasions being held at the accuser’s home, though they know they were being treated with cold shoulders there. They never mind about it, thinking that time will heal whatever wounds they had caused the accuser’s family. They know it is God’s will not to bear grudge on other people, and to forgive them for their negative actions. They always think that being good to the “accuser” will erase whatever hatred they have in their hearts. They always show that they can be relied on when the “accuser” needs help; when they were sick, they visit them and give comforting words to them.

Unappreciated Acts of Kindness

The good deeds being exerted by the “hated family” were unappreciated. It seems that the “accuser family” have a heart of stone. Their hatred remained in their hearts, which their children tend to imbibe. So the feeling of being different to the “hated family” continues on until the children become adults.
Unless somebody from the “accuser family” breaks that “chain,” and let the goodness overpower them, then that hatred will go on and on for generations.

Being Good Makes God Happy

Being good to everyone, to forgive and forget whatever shortcomings done by other people, will be pleasing to the Lord. Having an understanding heart, a forgiving heart makes one’s life so beautiful. It can bring so much joy to other people too, especially within families, who do not care if one had committed a mistake towards another. They will always ready to forgive and understand. Hatred ruins our day and is not healthful too.

We are but humans who could not control our emotions, but let us not carry that grudge in our hearts; give those who erred a chance to rectify and be good again.



Saturday, September 26, 2015

Disillusioned

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Psalm 34: 18-19

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.…


When Bad Becomes Worse

A very persevering person may just sit down one day and think of how his life has been for the past several years. He realizes that despite putting all his efforts in giving a good life for his family, problems just came one after the other. Oftentimes, he is in the brink of giving up his life because of too much disappointment. But when he sees his children full of life and love for him, he simply could not deny his family what they needed.

His wife, crippled for almost 5 years due to a bone disease, could barely help him in meeting the needs of the family. One of his children needed to stop so someone could take care of his wife while he is at work. He works on two jobs making sure that each day that his wife can be able to take her medications every day. There were nights that he could barely sleep thinking of what kind of life is awaiting his children in the future. So many questions popping in his mind….most nights he just cried to his sleep.

High cost of living is crippling him, too. He lacks enough sleep… his body tattered. Should he give up? Never has he questioned God for what has happened to his life. He prays for strength each day. He thanks Him every day when He wakes up and asks for guidance for his family. The power of prayer indeed has helped him get through his dilemma.

When we are struck with so much trial, it is not God’s way of punishing us. It is merely testing our faith. Not everything that we may have thought are the things that we need that some people tire themselves to the point of letting their jobs enslave them.

Look at it at a different perspective and realize that failure comes as an aftereffect of trusting Satan's deceit. The response to thwarted expectation is to focus solidly on what God says and to align our desires and considerations with that truth. Perceive that God has not guaranteed us a flawless life. This world is simply short-term. God needs us to concentrate on what is everlasting. Maybe He utilizes thwarted expectation to inspire us to set our hearts on Heaven.


 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." But we tend to panic in a crisis and fall back on our own ingenuity and devices.

A New Covenant

God calls on us to trust him on the great days and the worst ones, when we are getting a charge out of each snippet of life or when we are disheartened to the point of despondency. His guarantee is that He will never surrender us, that our confidence will never be pointless, that He will work everything to the long haul, great of the individuals who trust him. The challenge that we all must take is believing that with God, we can do everything.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Feeling Trapped

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And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon


Transformation Difficulties

We often wonder how simple it would take us to be bold and different without having to hurt anyone in the process. The frustration of not being able to move forward may get the better of us. But have you really thought if the transformation that you want is really what you need? Will it benefit you and a lot of people? Or is it just a selfish desire to let people know that you have become a newer you?
Change can be both good and bad. The difference is in the intention on how you want to change. When you think that you can do better than what you are today, changing is just what you need. But to change just to brag and be talked about by people is a different story.

Emotionally Trapped

This may be a little controversial when it comes to domestic affairs. While a woman has vowed her devotion, loyalty and love to her husband, this doesn’t mean that she has been enslaved by the sacrament of matrimony forever. The changes that happen in a marriage differs on each couple. Some couples grow together and find themselves as each other’s strengths to reach their goals in life with the vision of providing the best for the family that they are building. Unfortunately, for some couples, marriage may have become a trap because either the couple were bound for a fixed marriage or a couple may have just been forced into marriage because of unwanted pregnancy or debt. When these became the reasons for marriage, it may be hard to really build a loving environment UNLESS both are willing to take the chance to CHANGE their perspective and let CHANGE make their lives better.

REFLECTIONS:

There is always hope when we believe in the power of prayer and in putting faith to God. It is never easy, but with an open mind and heart, anything is possible. Being trapped may let you feel hopeless and unless. But think of it this way…..there may nobody physically beside you, but an invisible arm is just over your shoulder.



Thursday, September 24, 2015

When Everything Is Lost….I Am Here

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You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

The Love So Pure

Fame and fortune may be the two things that an ambitious person has in mind. There are two kinds of persons who has this kind of mindset. One, the person who patiently works his way up and makes sure that everything is in perfect order and the second is the kind of person who doesn’t care whether he hurts anybody along the way. Who do you think can be more successful?

We often hear how people react when they learn that a grumpy, ill-mannered person has managed to escape death. They say that God spared him his life so he can renew himself and rediscover his faith in God. Thinking about it, it is probably just what God has planned. As much as possible, God wouldn’t want to see man to be suffering all the time. But some men just choose the short cut method to the road of happiness and success.

God is a loving God that will always open His arms to us when we come to Him. We really need to always make Him a part of our daily lives. We may not see Him but His presence surrounds us, His love embraces us and His Grace will always find us wherever we are,

If there is one being that can assure us the loyalty, kindness and pure love that we have always wanted it is only through Him where we can find absolute peace and happiness.

A silent prayer when you wake up in the morning can help you start a great day. It allows you to hope for better things to come and believe that no matter what difficulties we go through, the Will of the Lord is to extend His love to each and every one of us.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I Am Me

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But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.

Seeing The Real You

A young boy or girl during their teens may become insistent to let them do whatever they want to. They feel a sense of wanting to do things on their own with minimal restrictions from parents. While this can be healthy in a way to let our children learn to deal with their own responsibilities, still, parents keep an eye on them from a distance.

Being with a group of kids of the same age, a young boy or girl may want to express their freedom in a lot of ways- from the way they dress up to the way they talk to how they present themselves as a whole. Lucky are those who still hang on to the values instilled in them by their parents that they grow up to take up their responsibilities in a positive way. But how are those children influenced by other children who grew up in a different kind of environment like broken families, exposure to drugs and alcohol and the like?


Understanding The Youth

One of the most influential factors that affect children these days is the exposure to social media sites. You may have noticed that even if certain sites require an age limit, children can still create an account by typing in false information. The internet may have been created to help lessen our work and troubles in a way. But it has also created a monster out of certain individuals. Take for example CYBERBULLYING. There had been a lot of cases wherein kids as young as 14 years old took their own lives because of how some people in the virtual world has treated them.

With what is happening to our youths of today, we cannot blame it entirely on the internet. Parental guidance also play a major role in molding a child. When we say NO to your kids, children should understand that saying NO is not cutting their freedom or happiness. It is merely filtering what is necessary in their lives.



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