Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches.

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  (John 15:5)
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is the vine, and we are branches.   If we are attached to Him, and He will be with us.   From Jesus, we receive the love of God, and our lives bear much fruit in Jesus Christ.   Through us, people can see Him, and through our real life interactions, people can experience the love of God, which is totally different from anything on earth.    What we can see and touch fades away, and eventually disappears from its existence.   This also applies to human relationships.   Today’s friends and even lovers can become enemies tomorrow, not because of peoples’ intention, but something unexpected and uncontrollable takes over and nullifies people’s original intention and desires.   This is really sad and unfortunate.  However, the love of God is unconditional, and will never change because God is always faithful and not like a human, who has a rotating shadow around Him.   
All things might pass away on earth, the love of God will remain with us forever.   Those who are attached to the vine receive this love and are built on this unchanging and immovable love like a solid rock.    No matter what was happened in one’s life, Jesus will not refuse, if anyone come to Him, and confess sins, and receives Jesus as Savior, because His mercy and love is greater than all our sins.   Being attached to Jesus Christ means constantly receiving this love.  The love flows through hearts and mind like blood, cleans and transforms the person to be a child of God.   The old self is gone, a new eternal creation begins.   Like a mother loves and natures her baby to grow to a mature person,  God pours out His Love on the new borne Christian to grow and mature in His Love.    Once this process starts, it will never stop till His love completes -- maturing to a level to bear fruit.   We are all in this process, and even today we are following the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who walked the walk before us.    
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
Another truth of being attached to Jesus Christ (the vine) that we, Christians, are that we are belong to one Lord.   That is, from Jesus Christ, who is the head, we, branches, are connected together and complete one body of Jesus Christ.   Apostle Paul uses “ligament”  to describe this relationship of how we are connected each other, which is a short, strong and flexible connective tissue, we are connected each other by an intimate, tightly-knitted and caring fellowship in Christ.    We support each other, and grow together.    The goal is to build up the full body of Jesus together in our lives.   When we form this loving body of the Christ, it will be evident, and cannot be hidden.    Like a lamp at night, the emanating light of the Love is far reaching, and touches those who are in dark, and gives comfort, hope and peace.     
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. (John 15:9)

As the Father, God, loves Jesus,  Jesus loves us.   God gave His only begotten son, when we were sinners and even against Him.   Jesus, even though He was betrayed, bitten, humiliated, and pierced, loved us till His death on the cross.   This is the love that make us one with Jesus Christ and with fellow Christians.  Thus, we ought to abide in the love, and live out this love, which is unconditional and sacrificial, because He demonstrated this love first.   Praise God!  His mercy and love endures forever.  
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (John 13:34-35)

Let’s pray together.   We want to be His faithful disciples by loving each other unconditionally as Jesus did so that we can shine the light of love of Jesus Christ to those who are still suffering in darkness.    His Name will be Glorified, and on earth and in Heaven.  His kingdom will expand to the end of the earth.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

You love one another as I have loved you

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.   (John 15:12)
This is the command that we, Christians, strive for everyday.  We are helping others, praying for others, and being with them when they need.   We continuously show the love of Jesus Christ in our lives.
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? (James 2:15-16)
James clearly made a point.   Loving others is more than just talking.   It requires our action: providing physical needs as well as spiritual needs.   Handing out warm clothes, socks and shoes is a great example of showing the love of Jesus Christ, which directly touches their bodies, hearts and souls.    This love will not be forgotten for a long time.    Of course, our good deeds are originated from our heart, where Jesus Christ’s love resides, which, thus, touches the hearts of others in Christ.    As a result, His Love is complete.   Our hearts are also blessed because the blessings are multiplied in the love of Christ.   How a beautiful scene it is on earth as well as in Heaven!   
Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.  (1 Corinthian 8:13)
Apostle Paul manifested his love by limiting his right and freedom for others, especially for those who are weaker in faith.   At the time of Apostle Paul, meats scarified to idols were also sold on the market as well as other meats.   For Apostle Paul, who knew "an idol is nothing in the world," and that "there is no God but one,” eating those meats was nothing.  However, for new believers, it was a real stumbling block.   Thus, he said in the book of 1 Corinthian chapter 8 verse 1:  Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that "We all possess knowledge." But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.    He stressed that exercising his knowledge, although it is absolutely true, could harm fellow Christians, new and weak in faith.    Instead, he asked us to show love by limiting our freedom that is firmly grounded on knowledge.    He continued reminding us:  Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. (1 Corinthian 8:2)    We are easily deceived by our own knowledge by using it from our own point of view, not the point of view of others, especially those who are weak.    Loving is not demonstrating our knowledge that others who lack in knowledge, but understand others, and care for others although it requires for us to limit our right and freedom.   Loving others is often costly, which can bring in pains also.   Even so, we continue loving others in Christ.    Why?   Jesus Christ first loved us.   
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
Yes, He paid the ultimate price to us to show His Love because there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for others.   What else a person can do to others if his own life is given to others.   It is an ultimate love.  It is not sharing what we have nor limiting our freedom for other.  It is an ultimate trade of the very existence of self with others.   Praise the Lord!   He,  being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-- even death on a cross!  (Philippians 2:6 & 8)
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)
By the way, he did not call “others”, but “his friends.”   He did not treated us as servants, but put us equal to Him, who can talk and make a friendship with Him.  Give Thanks to Jesus Christ!   By giving out His own life as the ultimate atonement, He destroyed the barrier between us and God.  The barrier was started by our sins, and has been continuously being built higher and higher by adding our sins.   Without His loving sacrifice on the cross, we would have being trapped in our own sins forever, and those sins ultimately bring us to eternal death.  
Praise the Lord!  His name will be glorified.   Give thanks to God, because He gave His only begotten Son!     Sing praises to God!   Jesus calls us friends to share all true knowledge of the love and riches of the Kingdom in Heaven.   
Let’s pray together to increase our faith and love to others while being filled with love to others, and our lives are full of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control  because against such things there is no law.   (Galatians 5:22-23)


Sunday, September 13, 2015

We are One in Christ

Good evening!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Jesus came to this world to save us.   Whoever believes in Him, and become a child of God.   Through His blood,  our sins are completely forgiven.   Thus, rather than being afraid of God, we can approach Him with confidence, and call him “Abba Father.”   How blessed we are!   Praise the LORD, who removes all our sins and transgressions of past, now, and future.   He will not even remember all our sins.   Instead, we become sons and daughters of God, who are full of mercy, grace, and love. 
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
Especially, God’s love is unfathomable. The breadth, length, height and depth of the love cannot be described by any human language.  Only through an intimate relationship with God, we can truly experience the love.   God pours out His love in our heart, and continue being with us in our heart.   The love is deeper, higher, longer, and wider than anything that we can see, touch and imagine on earth.    Once tasting the love, nobody will look further because the truth is found.   The love surpasses all knowledge on earth, and provides power overcoming any situations that we confront on earth .   Although our feet are still touching ground, our inner being is connected to and touched by Our True Father.   Praise the name!  His name will be glorifies from now and forever!
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.  (Ephesians 4:15,16)
Each of us is individually extremely blessed through the unfathomable love of Jesus Christ by nearing to God, and growing deeper in the relation with God.  On earth, we walk with God every day.   Our heart is renewed each morning, and his blessing is always surrounding us.   This blessing cannot be confined in ourselves, because the love is bigger, deeper and wider than us.   It grows out of us, and touches fellow Christians to grow together – becoming in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.   From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.   Thus, we become one, and we are one in Christ.  
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  (1 Corinthian 12:26-27)
Yes, we suffer together.   We rejoice together.  Praise the LORD, who has made us one in Him to endure all things together, and encourage each other under all circumstances with the love of Jesus Christ.    What a blessing!  We are experiencing Heaven on earth.   Praise the Lord.  His name will be glorified forever!
Let’s pray together to grow deeper into a relationship with God, and to faithfully follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ while together building up one body in Christ in the love of Christ.   


Sunday, September 6, 2015

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?  (Ecclesiates 8:7)
We all think about our future, plan for future, and diligently work for the plan to have a better future.   Sure, all of us should strive for a better future.   However, in this process, we easily fall into a trap – we constantly make a value judgment on everything around us based on our own value set by our own plan and its execution.  If an event helps for us to follow the plan, then it is good.  If not, it is bad.   Surprisingly this simple and elementary logic prevails in our lives, which dictates how we react and respond.   However, when we feel off one layer, we immediately see a fundamental flaw:  how we know something good now will continue bringing a good thing in future.  In reality, it can turn into bad even tomorrow.   We don’t know nor control our future.    Thus, people say:  “every silver lining has a cloud”, and “every cloud has a silver lining; silver lining; blessing in disguise” to tame our frustration when things do not pan out as we expect.  
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.(James 4:13-14)
James warned us the same pitfall that we easily fall into.   We lay out dots, and connect them without knowing what tomorrow will bring.  We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer.  (Proverbs 16:1) James added one more chilling fact: each one of us is a just mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.    Even so, we forget this reality, plan as if we live forever, and pursue whatever seem good in our eyes (Judges 21:25)
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36)
Thus, Jesus asks us -- stop and think what we are really toiling.   Are we working for  what we can see only?   What we can see is temporary, what we cannot see is eternal (2  Corinthians 4:18).   Everything that we can see will surely disappear because it is visible, but something invisible will stay forever.  
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.   (John 14:6)
Eternity belongs to God.   Nobody can get to the eternity, because we are mere mortals, who can comprehend and understand what we can see and touch.   Jesus said” I am the way”.  He is the way to God.  He is the truth, and in Him, we have an eternal life.  Yes, we need to come to Jesus, who is the way, and receive the eternal live.   Then we follow Him by  following the footsteps of Jesus Christ while always fixing our eyes to Him.
If a good thing happens to us, then look at Him, and praise Him.  If a bad thing happens to us, then look at Him, and give thanks to Him.   If we get a sunny day, look at Him, and praise Him.   If we get a stormy day, look at Him, and give thanks to Him.  Why? We don’t have an ability to tell which one is good or bad, and to predict tomorrow’s weather in our life.   One thing sure is that God loves us, and gives us the best at the right time and the  moment.
In fact, God has a unique plan for each one of us.   His patience is unfathomable.   We are debt, but He never gives up.   He is patiently telling us His love story in our lives till we understand the bigger picture of His, which is far beyond what we can see and touch.   This treasure is hidden to those who don’t know Him, but it is fully open to those who truly love Him and follow Him everyday regardless of our life situation.    He renews our soul and mind every morning, and leads us in paths of righteousness.   He makes us draw nearer everyday, and experience a deeper relationship with Him in every situation because He is our True and Loving Father.  Praise Him, whose love and mercy endure forever!
Let’s continue praying before God to increase our little faith so that we can completely trust and praise Him in all circumstances.  This is a sweat relationship with Him, which cannot be understood by those who don’t know Him personally.   Praise Him.  He name will be glorified from now and forever!