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forgiveness love

Trust the way out that gives you peace and endurance

Have you ever had a situation in life when you thought you had found a solution for a problem, only to realize later that the solution was worse than the problem you were trying to solve?

In the past few years, I made certain decisions in hopes of solving problems, and these “solutions” ended up causing even more problems in the long term.

This happened often when I tried to rebuild broken relationships and in choices I made in my professional career. But I raise it here as a basic principle of life:

The solution should not be worse than the problem.

In this fallen world, we don’t always have a choice between good and bad. Sometimes situations are complex and leave us with a choice between the lesser of two evils.

And when we find ourselves torn between two choices that are not good, having the peace from the One who loves us unconditionally gives us confidence to make the right decision.

I pray that we are all blessed with this peace that exceeds all understanding whenever we are presented with difficult choices. May love be our leader and a forgiving spirit our armor.

Remember, we never experience a situation that is beyond what we can bear. And every time we face a problem, we are provided with a way out so that we can endure it.

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forgiveness love

We are called to love everyone, including politicians

Have you ever contemplated a political career? I have.

A kind-hearted professor I had once said that the destiny of those who don’t like politics is to be governed by those who do. He went into politics because he likes it. And I like it too.

But I let go of the idea of following the political path because I am extremely private. Having my personal life publicized and twisted around is not a concession I’m willing to make.

Most people though never contemplate a political career. And that’s one of the reasons why it is so hard for them to understand that a politician is first and foremost a fellow human being.

It is heartbreaking to see the atmosphere of judgment and downright hatred against certain politicians these days.

Politicians pay a high price for making decisions that, under different circumstances, would yield far less judgment.

The mainstream media, the political opposition and the ideological opposition have all grown accustomed to treating these politicians with a belittling attitude.

This intellectual elite uses a moralistic rhetoric to disguise the fact that they consider these politicians as less than themselves, in some ways even subhuman, and undeserving of respect.

Now it’s even worse because no one really knows what to do.We all need to work together, but instead this intellectual elite uses every opportunity to instigate an atmosphere of distrust.

We might not like these politicians’ actions, but who are we to judge them? What makes any of us confident that our actions would be so radically different if we were in their place?

It isn’t possible to be good in this world out of our own efforts. None of us is good. Without God’s grace, we are at the mercy of the evil that inhabits us and are capable of the same mistakes.

And what a blessing it is to be called by God.

What a blessing it is to know that we have been forgiven for everything we have done and will still do across spacetime.

What a blessing it is to love those who the world loves to hate. This isn’t natural for us. This love is God’s power operating in us.

What a blessing it is to know that only God knows what is in people’s hearts. I know I am much worse than I like to think, but I am humbled before his mercy, forgiveness and eternal love.

So I pray that the One who is Love reveals himself to everyone who is full of hatred against politicians right now. May he heal their hateful hearts and give them a spirit of love.

May he draw them near to the light and the truth that they are too blind to see because they are enslaved by darkness.

I pray that he crushes them with his love and humbles them down, so he can be the One to exalt them when he transforms them into the peacemakers that we need right now.

May he transform what the enemy meant for evil in them and turn it for good. I pray that he transforms them into helpers, and fills their heart with love and the divine ability to forgive.

May he give them the will to do what is good for all of us.

Amen.

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love recovery

Savouring the bread of life

Grace is the expression of love. And love is the nature of God.

When God is expressed and revealed in Jesus, his love becomes grace and we are able to experience it as we seek him.

We were once dark and became one with darkness. Now we are light because we are one with God. And God is light.

As his beloved children, we share his divine life and nature. In other words, our calling is to be imitators of God.

When we receive God as grace and experience him as truth, he makes his home in our spirit and we enjoy his love and light.

He gives us our daily bread, and he is the bread of life.

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god love

Do you really want to understand?

After my conversion, I was amazed that some people I knew could quote passages from the bible. Word by word, number by number. It was incredible.

But after living as an atheist for 15 years, and having been raised as a Catholic for another 18, I still had the misguided notion that I did not need to read the bible.

In my first attempts to read the bible, starting with the new testament, it was painful. I was not ready to see myself as the sinner portrayed in so many passages, because I didn’t know at that point who God was and what Jesus Christ actually meant.

In fact, at that point, reading the bible did nothing for me. It really was just a book.

It was only a few months later into my conversion, and after a series of misguided pursuits of new age, pagan spirituality, that  I received guidance to understand the divine message of love that is present in all of the books of the bible.

This guidance came in the form of a non-religious pastor who does not belong to any denomination – and I know that it was God who lead me to him.

It’s been a few years since my conversion and my relationship with the bible is of a completely different nature now.

I read the bible daily, using four different translations on three different mediums (phone, kindle and print). I still follow and am deeply grateful for that pastor’s guidance on a daily basis, but God has also given me understanding as I read the bible on my own.

When I say understanding, I am referring very specifically to a level of consciousness, meaning and feeling that deepens as I revisit all the different books.

There have been times when reading a chapter, or a whole book, left me completely humbled, overpowered and transformed by God’s love.

The time I spend reading the bible is by far the best moment of my day. It takes me to a place of peace filled with love of a nature that does not exist in this world.

And the point I wanted to make with this post is that we genuinely need God to give us understanding in order to seek to know him further by reading his word.

It is pointless to advise anyone to read the bible in order to seek a deeper understanding of God and his word. I know better than that. That is not how it works.

So whether it is you who does not yet seek to know God’s love for us further or a loved one that you wish would: just pray that the Lord gives you or him/her understanding.

When the time is right, he gives us that powerful understanding. And he takes us on a journey of deeper levels of that understanding as he sees fit.

Of course we must first want that understanding. 

So the question is: do you really want to understand?

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love

Spending time with God

I’ve been meaning to write something, but it is such a challenge to focus on just one thing from the word of God, which really is life.

Since a few days, I’ve been particularly touched by the power that I feel as I read, and reread, the passage I share below.

And my prayer today is that you seek to read the word of God and gain a deeper understanding of his will and love for you.

Not only is reading a dying habit, but far too many Christians settle with not reading the word of God.

If you’re one of them, you have no idea what you’re missing!

The word of God is indeed life and gets more profound and powerful with time.

So here it goes in hopes that it inspires you to spend more time with God through the reading of his word.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

18“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants”.

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faith love

Are you feeding your spirituality with ‘fast-food’?

It is common for a lot of people to feed their spirituality with ‘fast-food’: bits and pieces here and there on the Internet.

You probably know this already, but that won’t take you anywhere good.

Living with a genuine focus on our spirituality is fundamental.

Depth is a must. Commitment is a must. Deciding to close all doors that lead to everything and nothing is a must.

Spending time with ourselves on a daily basis reading the bible is a profoundly edifying exercise. Again, Jesus is the hermeneutical key to understand everything. He walks us through the testimonies with Grace.

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faith love

You don’t read the bible to learn about the bible

The bible gives testimony of Jesus.

You read the bible to learn about Jesus.

Then, based on Jesus’ teachings, you can learn more about the bible.

Whatever the bible says that aligns with Jesus, you can keep.

Whatever the bible says that does not align with Jesus, you can disregard.

It’s as simple as that.

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faith

Faith minus religion

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It is easy to understand people’s reluctance to associate with religion. It is also understandable that a lot of people turn away from religion and become atheists. I was one of those people. But here’s the catch: faith is not dependant on religion. And, yes, religion is man made.

You can have faith and never step foot in a church. Why? Because we are the church. The church was never a place except when men decided to conceptualize it as such. But that’s not what Jesus taught. If anything, the church is ‘inside’ of us – it is that ‘shrine’ within our soul where we connect with each other and with God.

What about the Bible? The Old Testament gives testimony to everything leading to Jesus’ coming. And the New Testament is the good news from God incarnated in Jesus. Is there a difference in tone between the Old and New Testament? Of course! Times were different, that’s the ‘language’ we understood. Can a father speak to a child and to an adult using the same type of language and logic?

When we set aside our human expectation of deceit and our human intellectual arrogance, we’re humbled enough to start facing the Bible as testimony about our nature across time and the good news of how we can become better. With Jesus as your hermeneutical key, you will be able to access wisdom contained in the Bible that is unparalleled – and you’ll also be empowered to disregard any wording or message that doesn’t align with Jesus’ teachings.

That’s how you can subtract religion from faith. Empower yourself to attain the wisdom contained in the Bible. Don’t let religion stop you from walking this beautiful and empowering path – the only one in this world that will genuinely set you free.