"The Spiritual Person Can Judge About Everything ..." 1 Corinthians 2:15
Compare the Natural Person with the Spiritual Person, and be freed in the Spirit of God, in Christ Jesus
"If today you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion," as in Hebrews 3:15
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Where One Can Judge but Is Not Subject to be Judged
"You are very judgmental. You do not want to be judged the same way that you judge others would you?"
So comes the familiar phrase from those who may fear being judged by others. But, perhaps, they have a point? Or are they simply avoiding the truth and feel insecure not wanting to be corrected?
When someone tells you a verse from the Holy Bible, no matter who he may be, is he not telling you this out of love because he cares? Are not the very words of God worth listening to as they are intended to guide, to enlighten, to express what is true, to give hope, and to give love its fuller and greater meaning?
It is so beautiful to hearken to God's voice coming out from His very mouth, word for word our mouth He uses as instruments to proclaim what is true and what is pleasing to Him, and while reading passages from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24(source: usccb,org,bible), my hungry heart and my soul in seek of truth and wisdom leaped with joy as God provided me an answer to my questions that I may not fear nor doubt, rather, have courage, faith and trust in Him who makes all things possible keep more guided in this wonderful ministry of spreading what is true in the gospel of Christ:
"Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Refrain from every kind of evil.
May the God of peace make you perfectly holy
and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will also accomplish it."
Whenever you may hear God's words from a sincere and enlightened person, indeed, may you not harden your hearts, for he is there to remind you of what may lighten your weary soul that peace may reign in your haughty heart and mind.
Many times we may not realize it, it is when the Holy Spirit fills our heart and soul with God's love that we are made instruments of His truth, uttering words of wisdom without fear, but in peace, love and compassion, we feel so blessed and duty bound to share the light of truth in Christ.
It is not you anymore, but Christ in you rebuking sin, rebuking Satan in all his deceiving and ungodly ways, and in God's guidance, you must know when to stop and pray for a misguided soul, that the Holy Spirit may set forth to take over in His healing ways.
Reading over Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11(source: usccb.org,bible), it brings to light the feeling of joy in one's heart as you may see the poor, the downtrodden, the brokenhearted, the astray, being healed and rejoicing as they are freed from the bondage of darkness and evil that have haunted them over the years that they have remained blinded in their pride. Now, they see freedom in The Light, freedom in Christ, as you and I may sometimes be made to feel from within our spirit their anointment from the Holy Spirit:
"The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and release to the prisoners,
to announce a year of favor from the LORD
and a day of vindication by our God.
I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
in my God is the joy of my soul;
for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation
and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
like a bride bedecked with her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its plants,
and a garden makes its growth spring up,
so will the Lord GOD make justice and praise
spring up before all the nations."
Recognizing what comes from the devil and that from the Lord
Be wary though, the evil one can always use the words of God too for his purpose, as in that time when Jesus was tempted by Satan after his 40 days and 40 nights of fasting, as in Luke 4:3-13:
"The devil said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
command this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered him,
“It is written, One does not live on bread alone.”
Then he took him up and showed him
all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.
The devil said to him,
“I shall give to you all this power and glory;
for it has been handed over to me,
and I may give it to whomever I wish.
All this will be yours, if you worship me.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“It is written:
You shall worship the Lord, your God,
and him alone shall you serve.”
Then he led him to Jerusalem,
made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
throw yourself down from here, for it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,
With their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“It also says,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
When the devil had finished every temptation,
he departed from him for a time."
If the words of God come misinterpreted you would recognize it immediately, how?
Simply ask these questions:
- Are they VEERING US AWAY from BELIEVING in the WORSHIP of ONE GOD IN JESUS, our true Messiah and our One True God for He is One with the Father and One with the HOLY SPIRIT, and are they pulling us away from the TRUTH IN GOD'S WORDS?
- Are they pointing to the WRONG PATH of BELIEVING IN A DIFFERENT FAITH that leads one to 'DISRESPECT OF LIFE and OF LIFE VALUES,' ABUSE OF ONESELF as not to consider 'the BODY as the TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?'
- Are they pointing to SELF GRATIFICATION, LOVE OF ONESELF or SELF PITY and of LOVE OF ANYTHING MATERIAL - what is all but PASSING in this LIFE - MORE than the LOVE OF GOD and LOVE OF OTHERS?
May we come forth enlightened as we pray that God's words in the gospel of Saint Paul exhorts us, in Philippians 2:3(source: biblehub,ISV), "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others being better than yourselves"
What does this verse mean when it tells us about others being 'better than yourselves?"
"The more we may humble ourselves to others, the more we may be freed from our insecurities made manifest in our trust and our love for God in our love of our neighbors, each one having been made in the image and likeness of God. And in the pureness of our intentions where we may recognize each one's importance, their mere presence before us should add energy to our being, we being made God's instruments for His purpose, well equipped by God's Spirit and His words of truth and love, may we see how and why each one is made better in many ways with the very Temple of the Holy Spirit in them. And they being our brothers and sisters worthy of our care, worthy of our love and attention, as we pray, how we mean well to humbly share of what may add meaning to their being and purpose in this life for it is in what is true, noble and righteous in the light of Christ, in in His love for them, may they see how they may bear fruit and be blessed in many ways in the many gifts of the Holy Spirit that each one may ask and pray for."
Others may suggest there is the proper time and the proper moment for everything, but, being God's creation, in our humility and obedience to God and our concern for others, many times we may just utter those words at a time God may so will upon us to be done, without any malice or ill intention on our part, it just comes out of our mouth like somebody from within our spirit seems to be prodding us to do it.
Whom do you think is encouraging the other not to listen to God's words of truth, love and care?
For me, as it is from God's voice telling me in my spirit, "if it is God's will, let God's will be done, whatever the consequences may be," as long as I do it out of love and compassion, and not hate or condemnation, then let it be. I am not here to boast of myself, because I have nothing to boast, everything comes from God, all blessings and goodness comes from Him, that "if I must boast, dear Lord bless me, that I may boast only in You, all for your greater glory."
May God continue to guide and enlighten us all.
Be careful though, after God's message and words have been uttered, pray for each other that the Holy Spirit may further seek to touch each others' heart.
Refrain from negative labeling and yelling so as not to invite the evil one to sow discord and contempt, that only peace, love, mercy and forgiveness may reign.
Condemning with hatred and pride in our hearts further put a strain and pressure in us, and this may lead to inflammation from within our circulatory system and in different body organs, yes, even the bone marrow may be affected as we may entertain jealousy and envy or even vengeance and retaliation which imprisons the heart, mind and soul to sin and guilt, and all these may affect the immune system created in us by The Lord to help heal us, then in stress, illness may thrive as it creeps into our body and soul, and as we may allow evil to control us.
But as we may abide in The Lord, to His words of truth and commands, remain guided by love, kindness and forgiveness, the more we may see healing in many ways hastened.
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'Truth hurts,' but it is in learning to grow in truth and in the humility of our hearts to God's words, with temperance and self-control, that we may see our spirit freed from the bondage of sin and evil.
If many of us believe that only God can judge, and that in God's words come the 'truth,' why then would we fear being judged the way God wants us to follow and believe His ways towards love that is responsible and true, and love that is noble as it is forgiving?
For is not because of God that we came to be? And would it not follow that we belong to God and follow His words and commands?
If a loved one or a neighbor, whether he be a priest, pastor, religious or not, mentions a verse from the Holy Bible, word for word, why do some of us take offence instead of heeding to God's words? Do we not believe that many times, God uses us to become instruments of His love through the use of His beautiful, truthful and healing words?
In Matthew 4:23-25, it states, "(Jesus) went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, - proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people. His fame spread to all of Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, - Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan followed him."
Oh how true, indeed, that "in God's words lie the truth, and in Jesus, The Light that heals forever."
In one dramatic instance in the gospel, Jesus saved the sinful woman from being stoned, in John 8:10-11, "Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more.”"
While the spiritual man may judge in God's words (to be expounded later in this hub), let us remember that we, like Jesus (in divine modesty, not to forget that He Himself will be the one to judge us in the final judgment, as in Revelation 21), should refrain from condemning others of their sins, for only God can condemn, as the lawful judge may condemn an unlawful or criminal act, but Jesus, in above verse, reminds us to leave the sin, and to 'sin no more.'
Many of us forget to add this important part of said verse, which is the last yet meaningful part of our show of love to our Savior and Redeemer, that we should try our best to renew in sincere repentance of our sins, and avoid repeating them that we and our family be duly blessed, lest we want to live in our guilt of denying God's words in disobedience.
"Alas, how can we have true peace, how can we be strong in the love of God if we deny Christ and find no meaning to God's words in our hardened hearts, minds and souls?"
"Let us be strong in spirit, and in God's words come our mighty sword to fight and destroy evil."
"In the face of all threats and challenges to our faith, in the face of all temptations, let God's words of truth in the gospel give us courage to overcome all obstacles toward unity among the faithfuls to be one and ever strong in Christ Jesus, to be one and ever strong in The Light."
In Hebrews 3:15, in states, "As has just been said, 'if today you hear his voice, to not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion."
If one hears God's words in others, would it not be pleasing to God if he stops and reflect on these words of wisdom for we can never tell when God uses someone else, usually a love one, to become an instrument to remind us of what may be meaningful in times of confusion and doubts?
Will it not serve us best to stop for a while, and keep silent, for God's words may be leading us to His path and to His will?
Praying for discernment, keeping ourselves free from any malice, and attuning ourselves to the bidding of the Holy Spirit may lead us to His ways.
Now, you may want to take a few seconds, and try closing your eyes, and reflect on a vision of Jesus as He sermons to a crowd on a mount imparting God's words of truth.
Then read the following 8 Beatitudes and reflect on them as you read from your heart and spirit, and try to understand the meaning of each verse that Christ has preached on the mount, as in Matthew 5:3-10:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Is there a feeling of surrender, humility and oneness with God in Jesus? Keep reading said eight beatitudes over and over until you may learn to grasp the true meaning of every beatitude as you may relate it to what is happening around you in your family, in your community and around the world.
Do you see the truth it conveys? Do you see and feel the message of the love of Jesus in you, and to unbelievers as well?
Is it not in our 'selflessness' and in our humility and obedience to God's words and commands that we are made whole?
For me, devoid of any malice or offence to anyone, I take everything, be it criticism or praise, be it rejection or gratitude, I take all these with candor and zest as I delight expounding on the truth in God's Words.
And many times, I just cannot explain that unique yet distinct feeling of God's holy presence through the Holy Spirit that fills my heart and spirit. I know it is not only me. I can only boast of God's words, beyond that, I am nothing without the Lord.
True believers may have experienced the same thing as they become one with the Lord, one with Jesus, one with our God, as they may pray from within their hearts and spirit, fully enlightened, able to extend their horizons from beyond this life, yes, from beyond their minds, from beyond their human knowledge and intelligence.
7 Spiritual Laws of Success - an Honest Review
The Law of God, 'Love' with accountability Rules Above All, Not any Other Law from Man
From an email I received which shares the"7 Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra" (with a different YouTube video link - got another YouTube video link on same book, the previous video was terminated). I did not want to sign up, sorry, but perhaps I did not trust enough the site, but, I thank her for the opportunity to share my views:
"Being still and being quite, hopefully, will not invite evil spirits to get into our ego and condition our minds to love the world and material things, my friend. One may promote yoga and inner peace, but I firmly believe that no law is (far) greater than the law of 'love,' and that is love of God and love of others, NEVER a love of 'self' alone.
And we have to know how to love God first before we show our love for others, that we may be guided by His commands and His words which are of truth (and love that lasts forever).
Any other law that may veer us away from this (absolute) truth, to pull us away from the love of God in Jesus, may just be adding stress into our lives as the centrifugal force of deception may throw our minds, ever lost and confused, and without us realizing it, we have already infused and accepted immorality in our actions out of tolerance.
True, we should not judge others if we are not spiritual ourselves. But the spiritual person in Christ may judge that no one may judge him because he is in the Lord and has the mind of Christ, as in 1 Corinthians 2:15 (later to be reiterated in this hub).
By God's words we should be guided and enlightened not by words from other religions or faith who may mean well, but may become the 'Trojan horses' or masks of deception and may anytime hide their true intentions to magnetize us to their 'truth' (sadly corrupted by human intelligence based on precepts from things of this world and the universe, that are all but passing in God's given 'time and space'), and take our armor away which is in God's words, in the truth about our faith in Christ, who has the fullness of the Deity in Him, and in us, if we only gear ourselves to believe and trust Him more.
It was Jesus who died for us on the cross to save us from our sins, not Buddha or any other god figure, not even Deepak Chopra, who, if you noticed, is trying to duplicate (or mirrorize) what God's words may be. Nice try Deepak, but God in Jesus is above all.
And if you notice it, Jesus is not in his teaching, rather, the mention of God and Buddha and the mention of India which is the seat of Hinduism.
Is Deepak not leading us to idolatry, of prospering material gains as lifelong success, of believing more on human wisdom claiming to relate to 7 Spiritual Laws of Success to that of his understanding of the universe, more than what the Holy Bible tells us of the truth in God's words?
Any success that leads primarily to material gains and not to the light of Christ (first) is (sadly) more of Mammon than spiritual.
Is he a false prophet?
He is smart enough to veer us away from relying on the belief only of Jesus. Remember when Jesus said not to be deceived by false prophets who come in woolen clothing yet out to devour us?
And in Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law," as taken from the link, 'Judging False Teachers."
The fruit of the Spirit is 'love' as in the 'love of God,' who created us all, should be revered most, then love of our family and of others follow, never the other way around.
In everything, anyone who believes in creation as being that of God, following God in Jesus should, therefore, always be number one in everyone's priority list. Otherwise, will there be true (and lasting) peace?
If we do or possess all of the so-called spiritual gifts without prospering our faith in God in Jesus, where will faithfulness, self-control and true meaningful love be?
In 2 John 1:7, "For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist."
If we 'leave things as they are,' as what he professes without any effort to spread the truth in the gospel, are we not taking God's words for granted and may fall out of grace as we may deny Christ and remain bonded by the sin of omission?
Deepak in his video presentation, encourages everyone 'not to listen to any distraction' and keep oneself into a 'life centered with our body being 'not separate from the body of the universe" ... "and at quantum mechanical level, there are no well defined edges." He further states that "as long as you do not violate the laws of nature, through your intent, you can literally command the laws of nature to fulfill your desires."
The laws of nature are mere theories, human beliefs and opinions that cannot hold ground, unlike God's words which are absolute truth and have been time tested where many former atheists, agnostics and non-believers in Christ have converted to believing in what is true, noble and righteous and may have seen the miracles of life in true faith.
Is Deepak not teaching us to be very powerful without God's guidance by just believing in his 7 spiritual laws? Will any law be greater than the law that God has given us if we believe that we were all created by God? Where does God come into the picture who created all of us and all things that was made including all of nature? Is he not an anti-Christ if he encourages us to believe in other laws which may always try to run parallel to God's words but truthfully, go totally against God's words?
We are human beings created by God, to rule over all creation with the 'love of God in us' and with a heart and spirit to discern what is right from wrong with the Holy Spirit guiding us not mechanical beings who would be lured into false teachings with a hidden agenda to brainwash us into believing what is not of God but of spirits of the world.
For all its good intentions to make this a better world to live in, the 7 Spiritual Laws of Success, as I see it, never mentions of a heaven or a hell, but the more we may believe in this, we may fall into the trap of loving this world and the universe more than loving God as it more of teaches about the spirits of this world (worldly spirits in Mammon are of pride and of evil attuned primarily to selfish and worldly desires) and the total consciousness of the universe.
No wonder Hinduism teaches about reincarnation and promotes the caste system where one may reincarnate after death into a lower or higher form of creation depending on how you have lived your life on earth, and where one may live in a somewhat discriminating classed society thinking that this has become one's destiny based on the previous life.
But if life continues in circles of reincarnation, around this world and the universe, what will all these accomplish if one does not believe in an almighty God and Creator who distinguishes heaven from hell and our true purpose in life?
What will one's life become if he has so many gods and goddesses to pray for when there is only one true God in Jesus who is above and beyond all things, and yes, above and beyond the limits of our human mind but is so great in His love for us all that He gives us hope in every difficult situation we may so encounter.
Will man be not more confused as he may subject himself to limits of human knowledge regarding the truth in our being and earthly existence, clinging more to false beliefs that make us fall victims to deception in many things evil which will never stop trying to take control of our lives and give us false hopes in things material that become meaningless through time?
I have seen the light of Christ, so did many others as well, and believe in God's existence, and reading the Holy Bible in the guidance of the Holy Spirit has widened my horizons in recognizing God's goodness and God's truth.
I pray that more be enlightened by God's words that we may learn to surrender our ego and our love for money and all material things and lust in this life that are all but passing but can destroy our morals and may take us away from the truth in what Christ teaches.
Money, material things and this life is not everything my friend, but God and love in truth and with accountability is. Blessings to you my friends. Always in the love of Christ, Edwin."
While I believe in natural supplements attuned to healing better our body as it helps enhance our immune system dynamically created by God in us to help heal us, I firmly believe more, as I am a living witness of this truth, that healing can best be enhanced as one may abide in God in Jesus, our True Healer.
This may be somewhat be similar to what Oprah may also believe in? Perhaps most, and interestingly, they both avoid the true essence of Jesus, our Savior and Messiah, in our lives.
When asked in the YouTube video interview by Oprah, "what do you know for sure (with what you may believe)?" Deepak, was smart enough to say. "nothing," for 'how can you be sure... ten years from now what you realize then is not what you know. Now that's the nature of the universe," then he explains the truth about the universe, its being enormous with percentages and probabilities of truth in what one may know. In other words, he himself is not sure of what he claims to be his belief and now proclaims the "7 Spiritual laws of Success," that even Oprah has to say, "After all these talks (laughing)?"
Amen, "the truth will set you free." There is nothing more absolute in the world than what is true in God's words.
With all these being said, please do not get me wrong. I do not condemn Deepak or any religion as no one should condemn except God, and if they may stay hardened in their hearts in their false gods and beliefs, they may remain condemned until they may repent and renew in Jesus, and "I am here to enlighten not to ridicule."
It is God's words that bring me to what the Holy Spirit may guide me to proclaim as 'absolute' truth in Christ Jesus.
As in John 3:18, Jesus made clear to the Pharisees and others listening to him, "Whoever believes in him(the Son of man as the Son of God in Jesus) is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in God's one and only Son."
I still consider Deepak and all others of different faith as more important to me as they are very important in the love of God in Jesus.
And I firmly believe that still, the Holy Spirit has control in all good things that others may do in this life, no matter what faith or religion we may belong.
But God's compelling message is to empty ourselves of our pride on things passing and meaningless over time, rather, fill body, heart, soul and mind with the light of truth in Christ, who is "the truth, the way and the life," where "nobody goes to the Father(and to life eternal) except through him."
It is only when we do evil, contrary to godly ways that we are lost, and that includes believing other gods and false beliefs which many times may take away the absolute truth from us which is the truth in Jesus, and sadly, even many Christians have fallen from grace because of selfish and malicious tendencies brought about by loving the world and spirits of worldliness as against loving the spirits of holiness as in the Blessed Mother and the saints, all guiding us toward the love of Christ.
"Again, beware of false prophets and the anti-Christ."
As I see it, the 'anti-Christ' is more of the evil spirit in Satan that influences man to pull us away from the truth in Jesus, where man becomes an instrument to this deception.
Can anyone battle this 'anti-Christ' from within himself?
Absolutely, through constant prayer asking the Holy Spirit for guidance and enlightenment in all our actions for 'with God all things are possible,' doing good deed for the love of God and of others, humility to God in Jesus, and in the acceptance of Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our Redeemer and True Master in baptism in the "name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
The God I Live to Fear and Live to Obey and Faith in the Holy Eucharist
"It is God that I live to fear most and that I live to strive to obey."
It is in believing in the truth embodied in God's words that I have become stronger in this life, for me, my third life as I survived from a mild heart attack in 2002, and a mild stroke in 2010, and in whatever lies beyond He allows me to see, as He has allowed others as well, in my faith and beliefs I persevere as I put my trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is so sad that the words of God can be misinterpreted by many in a way that may lead others to sinfulness rather than love, to hatred rather than forgiveness, to blindness rather than a clearer vision of God's true message of love from His words. I sincerely pray for further enlightenment that we may become true instruments of God, and not of evil.
As in Romans 6:1-23:
"Freedom from Sin; Life in God.
"What then shall we say? Shall we persist in sin that grace may abound? Of course not!
"How can we who died to sin yet live in it? Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life"For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin. For a dead person has been absolved from sin. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as [being] dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus."Therefore, sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires. And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin as weapons for wickedness, but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace."What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Of course not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted.
"Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature. For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.
"But what profit did you get then from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Being baptized in Jesus - who is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit - in water and spirit, by faith, while God's gift of grace may have come upon us, the more we should abide and remain in Christ Jesus, who died for our sins.
Saint Paul challenges us to remain obedient to the Lord, that we may truly deserve His loving mercy and grace and become potent weapons as slaves to righteousness, as against again becoming slaves to sin.
Now that we are free, as baptized Christians, by the grace of God let us be a one strong formidable force in rejecting sin and evil cleansed by our Lord Jesus' blood shed for us on the cross.
More fitting is one who cleanses his broken yet contrite heart through confession and receives the sacred body and blood of Christ in holy communion during a Catholic celebration of the mass.
Our Lord Jesus wants us to be stronger in our faith and believe in cleansing and healing power of the Holy Eucharist in the solemn celebration of the mass. It is by true and great faith in this sacred mystical transubstantiation that one may feel the power of God's love and mercy in us and this great cleansing and healing experience where the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, blesses our pure, repentant and renewed heart from our sins in confession.
[Read on: "Even in Death Our Spirit Lives as We may Die in Christ, by Faith and in God's Will We Live" and see the link on the Eucharistic Miracle in Buenos Aires]
It is not the priest or the celebrant anymore, being ordained instruments of God's love and mercy, who forgives our sins, and not mere host and wine that cleanse us. rather, it is the Holy Spirit with His radiant cleansing and healing rays that make us truly one with God in Christ Jesus by faith and by grace.
What if we remain sinful in our hardened hearts, are we not denying the one Christ whom we have believed and embraced in baptism as the one who suffered and died for our sins?
Why should we remain blind from this in our selfishness and our pride? Will we not rather pray in discernment, fully humbling ourselves to the Lord that we may better understand these signs that have kept us away from true peace and joy in our hearts and spirit, and from experiencing the very kingdom of God in us?
While it is true that Jesus said in Luke 5:32, "I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners," His words are meant to guide others that they may shun from their evil ways and be freed from the bondage of sin.
Whether you are a baptized Christian or not, it does not mean that you are already saved by your faith, especially so if you keep on denying what is true in God's words, and the truth in Jesus. We are all sinners, yet Jesus wants us all renewed in Him.
Is it not true that the more you come closer to God in Jesus, the more trials,challenges and pressures may beset you in life?
I have seen it many times in my family and in others. And I continue to see it here and around the world, but through it all, it is in the hands and guidance of the Holy Spirit that all may come to terms in the love of God in Jesus, in the power of 'unconditional love' and in our selfless ways to see the wisdom to forgive.
Is it because I have learned to trust Him more and love Him more than anything in this world, that in everything that I do in my desire to help others leading them back to Jesus as our True Master and not money or Mammon that my faith is the more tested as when Job has been tested by the Lord in his faithfulness?
If all things material never last and just come to pass why should we be bounded by it?
But when used for the love of God and of others, then, is not everything justified because our God is a God of 'love' and being so, the truth in His love is above all things, and yes, even above the 'law,' whatever man has created as 'law' in a land of many, and did He not create all of us and all things in this world to see us happy because of His 'love' for us?
If you see greater happiness in seeing others happy, then, it is the Holy Spirit that is in you in your kindness, in your selflessness, in the humility of your heart to things truthful and lasting in the eyes of God.
And if it is 'love' for self propagation, for malicious and selfish intentions, do we not see signs from Him that we should go back to 'love of God and of others,' which if seen in truth lead us back to Him as the True Master and not Mammon?
Do all these make greater sense as we may humble ourselves to what is true in God's words, with our eyes, our mind, our hearts now cleansed from our pride and malice in our hearts, and seeing the greater wisdom of forgiveness that brings peace to our troubled and lost souls?
As Saint James has said in James 2:26, "For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead."
And in 1 Corinthians 2:14-15, Saint Paul guides us that the spiritual person is empowered to judge others using God's words and commands, as he wrote:
"Now the 'natural person,' does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually.
"The 'spiritual person,' however, can judge everything but he is not subject to judgment by anyone, for 'who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?' But we have the mind of Christ."
In other words, Saint Paul in Jesus tells us that when we become spiritual, that is living and understanding God in our spirit, we have the right to judge others in so far as living an unenlightened path is concerned, or living towards what is not godly.
Do we not want to see a better world changed while listening and heeding to God's words and commands? Or are we content to being tolerant to what poses to deceive and eventually destroy and devour mankind and the rest of God's creation?
May we remain unbending and unperturbed in our faith in Jesus, ever trusting in Him and His goodness, that we may not become guilty of the sin of omission, where out of fear of reprisal, we bow down in defeat while being tolerant to contempt, blasphemy, sacrilege, malice, selfishness and deceit.
Speaking bravely yet assertively in peace, with kindness and compassion, may we proclaim His truth with an unwavering heart and spirit, in our love for Him, for our family and of others, that true peace may reign in the long term, in the mighty name of Jesus, where evil trembles, beatan and made powerless.
Further in 1 Corinthians 1:31, "So that, as it is written, 'Whoever boast, should boast in the Lord.'"
Winning a battle, a game or a rhetoric is the least important, where full satisfaction is never attained in vanity and pride, but winning the hearts of men towards what is noble, lasting and true is what counts most as it brings lasting peace and joy to our hearts and souls.
[You may want to read and reflect further on: Understanding God in Spirit and Christ's Saving Light]
If Saints Peter, Paul, Augustine and Mary Magdalene were all former sinners, as they all denied Christ before they were renewed.
Did they not see the greater fulfillment in them as they opened up and humbled themselves up to Christ? Did they not find the power of God's love and mercy in this, whence, they became true and repentant sinners?
Where they not transformed to becoming true witnesses of a 'total package' change towards righteousness? It may have been very difficult to accomplish, but they did it, in their total surrender of 'self,' 'ego,' and 'pride,' always ready to embrace the Lord, even if it was their worldly life left to offer, in their great mission to save souls, for them, everything was worth it, and to see the evil one helpless and defeated in their stance, whatever 'God's will, so may it be done.'
In his book, the Legacy of Sovereign Joy, Saint Augustine wrote, "How sweet it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose.... You drove them from me, you who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure, though not of flesh and blood, you who outshine all light, yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts, you who surpass all honor, though not in the eyes of men who see all honor in themselves.... O Lord my God, my Light, my Wealth, and My Salvation."
Again, I am here to help renew and enlighten, not to ridicule or condemn.
If the truth in God's Words hurts, it is still the truth, and the 'truth will set you free,' as in John 8:32, for it is in the truth that true love reigns, as it is pure, noble and everlasting.
This being an open sharing, so, let it be an instrument of my love for my brothers, sisters, family and friends.
[Read on more on freeing hubpost: Freedom - Its True Meaning]
May we continue to seek the truth by praying for guidance, through the Holy Spirit, in every way leading to righteousness, that we all may be blessed in the perseverance of our faith. May God bless us all.
"Do not Judge, or You Too Will be Judged"
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged," as Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:1. Is not Jesus exhorting us to be forgiving instead of judging, and be willing to take responsibility for any faults committed, and willing to repay as to accept the consequences of our action, or accept the loss and be renewed, and to know, acknowledge and recognize our own faults and avoid judging others 'in the same measure,' that there may be peace and harmony in the household.
As it goes further in Matthew 7:2, Jesus said, "For you as judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you."
But may we be guided still by the Words of God, to help guide anyone towards what is godly, true and pleasing to the Lord; and that the evil one may never prey on anyone's pride and emotions, through undue hatred and anger, that all may practice love and understanding, forgiveness and kindness in our hearts, and see evil powerless in all these, with unity and oneness in the family in Christ and faith, being key.
In every way, would it not be pleasing to each spouse or individual, as it is pleasing to the Lord, to bring our emotions and temper in check, and put our hurts and pains to a higher level, to 'love and to forgive,' while we may honestly acknowledge our faults and learn to renew, as to bear with one another in Christ, and learn to selflessly carry our own cross, being ever guided by God's love and mercy in us, that we too may learn to love and forgive?
If this is hard to do, then, when would we ever free ourselves from our hurts and our pains, when Christ has already suffered enough for us that He may be the one that we may learn to trust more and surrender to all our fears, woes and anxieties in life, And of course, never to forget to do our best to fend for our needs and our fair share in taking responsibility in doing our respective roles to keep that love and unity intact in the family.
In every relationship, there may always be trials in our faith, and keeping that faith alive in Christ is what completes the equation, with love and forgiveness always in our hearts and 'acceptance of God's will in us.'
Often times we may not see things the way we want them to be.
As the cliché goes, "If anything will go wrong, it will go wrong," and sometimes, there may be no way we can undo things.
Many times, it is better to accept what has been done and learn from it all, and moving forward to what is right and of 'love' may save the whole situation and see ourselves at peace and pleasing to the Lord.
Let us take a few true to life examples or challenges in our faith:
Example 1: A husband gets angry at his wife for being always late in every appointment but he himself is doing the same thing, this practice being very embarrassing and disrespectful to the time of others, but the point is, he 'hates it' when his wife tells him the same thing.
Remedy: take efforts to give advise in a loving way, always speaking with love and in truth as we mention one's shortcomings, and being ready to forgive if we ourselves are guilty of a similar offence; and avoiding unnecessary conflict that may lead one to sin or God forbid, towards violence just because of petty things as to uphold one's opinion being better than the other. Think again and again, is insisting our opinion worth it? Love and forgiveness is what Jesus wants us to practice. He wants us to be a doer of good deeds and a peacemaker not a worrier.
Will hatred and a war of words be worth it?
Let no evil overcome us through our emotions and our ego, and for the receiver to humbly accept his/her mistake if any, apologize if necessary, and never hold any grudge against each other, be willing to bear with one another, willing to renew towards what is of God, and remember, 'Love never fails.'
Feelings are neither right nor wrong, true, but it is in the humility of heart and soul to God and in the strength of our spirit that we may see us relieved from being overcome by negative emotions.
Let go and let God in the Holy Spirit empower us with God's words to defeat any onslaught from evil spirits that may come to use our ego in our brewing emotions.
There is no substitute to a love that is forever unconditional, that never counts faults as it derives strength from God's love and mercy, yet, always conscientious, responsible and accountable, where a married couple accepts and knows the greater wisdom there is in love and forgiveness, and the healing essence of sharing that love together with passion, for as God may have blessed a couple's union in marriage, their union becomes sacred as they become one body and one flesh in Christ, that no one may separate, but will forever be blessed with their fruits as they may continue to live ever faithful and abiding in Christ, in God's loving mercy and grace.
[Read on related post: Praying for Discernment]
Example 2: A wife gets angry at her husband for failing to vacuum the carpet at a designated time, and when she fails to cook lunch on time for the hungry husband she reasons out to wait because she is still watching her favorite soap opera or basketball team play.
Remedy: Talk with each other in love and in truth, always putting Christ at the center of the relationship, and exert efforts to show love and care for each other, by being there for each other, helping each other - rather than being ruled by selfishness, pride or material things that no one may boast of his works or deeds, rather of blessings from the Lord for all good things come from the Lord - being giving in our talents, time and treasures, and as always, being forgiving, avoiding name calling and undue labeling of another in a derogatory way whether it be in the presence or not of the children; Avoiding undue stress and conflict can be healthy at best spiritually as it is physically and emotionally as well, and may see your relationship continuously blessed.
"To love is a decision." Let us make 'love' reign in our life and in our family, by learning to love God first and foremost, obeying His commands and being true to His words. We owe Him our life, hence, is it not fitting to give back what is due Him?
"We were created out of God's love." He wants us to SHARE THIS LOVE WITH OTHERS, AS WE CONTINUALLY LIVE WITH OTHERS TO BEAR THE RIGHT FRUIT, THE FRUIT OF HIS LOVE, AND TO BEAR HIS CROSS IN JESUS, THAT WE TOO MAY LEARN TO LOVE AND TO FORGIVE.
God has created us all to SERVE AS 'PROPHETS OF TRUTH' LIVING AND BELIEVING IN HIS WORDS TO HELP GUIDE and ENLIGHTEN others AS TO WHAT IS TRUE, NOBLE AND JUST in CHRIST JESUS WHO IS OUR ALL IN ALL, for WITH HIM AND IN HIM, THE FULLNESS OF HIS THE DEITY IS IN US, that in all these, God may be PLEASED and GLORIFIED IN US FOREVER.
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