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'Jesus, our forgiving Lord and Savior,' and the Consciousness of the Mind in a Lifeless Body
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Christ's Love and Forgiveness
May the truth in God's words guide and enlighten us as we reflect on the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the way to Golgotha.
And with his glorious resurrection and ascension, in his love, mercy and forgiveness, he has triumphantly overcome all evil, that we may all be saved as we are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and by faith and good deeds (as in James 2:26), we may enjoy the fruits of all these in salvation onto eternal life.
In Colossians 2:6-15, Saint Paul in Christ Jesus states:
"Brothers and sisters:
As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
rooted in him and built upon him
and established in the faith as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy
according to the tradition of men,
according to the elemental powers of the world
and not according to Christ.
For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily,
and you share in this fullness in him,
who is the head of every principality and power.
In him you were also circumcised
with a circumcision not administered by hand,
by stripping off the carnal body, with the circumcision of Christ.
You were buried with him in baptism,
in which you were also raised with him
through faith in the power of God,
who raised him from the dead.
And even when you were dead in transgressions
and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
he brought you to life along with him,
having forgiven us all our transgressions;
obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims,
which was opposed to us,
he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross;
despoiling the principalities and the powers,
he made a public spectacle of them,
leading them away in triumph by it."
Pope Francis, together with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has, so with his predecessor, the Blessed Pope John Paul II, emphasized unity among all Christian believers to uphold and defend the faith as spiritual warfare has never been so strong a need now than before, with so much temptation and evil that has further confused and beset man.
Pope: "God is Always Close, Even in Times of Difficulty, Problems and Darkness
Love in Christ and the Authority to Judge Given the Righteous
It is time to face evil with our spiritual weapons, the words of God in Christ Jesus, that more people will see the truth in his words of love and concern for others, be they Christians or non-Christians, believers or not, agnostics or atheists, and trust fully in the Lord Jesus in whatever good we do for Christ will always be with us until the end of age, all these for the love of God, and of man, and for God's greater glory over all evil.
And truly God is always close to us at all times, as in the message of Pope Benedict XVI on above post.
Jesus encourages us to spread his words and teaching, as in Matthew 28:19-20, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
And in 1 Corinthians 2:15-16, "The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
‘For who has knows the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?”
‘But we have the mind of Christ.”
While we may have the truth in God's words backing us, may we be reminded of the persevering love and mercy of God towards those who sin against Him and others, as he asks us to show our unfailing love and concern for one another, that others may be renewed and be enlightened by the truth and pray, through the power of the Holy Spirit, for humility and discernment as one exercises his persuasive yet assertive way of expressing this truth, that in all circumstances, all parties may be guided to the light of Christ Jesus.
Even those who have not known much about Christ Jesus, or, because of false beliefs and erroneous informations passed on to them by their elders and brothers in their faith, however, honest they may be, let us have compassion and deeper understanding of their predicament, that because of no fault of their own, they may have learned to accept a lie as truth, in blind obedience to the common practice in their own community of believers.
In God's words, may we see not only physical healing, but spiritual healing as well as open up our softened heart that 'the blind may see, the deaf may hear, and that the lame may walk,' proclaiming his glory.
Let the love of Christ reign in our hearts and spirit as we pray for their guidance and enlightenment through the Holy Spirit as we thank God that in gratitude to our forefathers, and our very community of faithfuls and believers in Christ Jesus, we have been blessed as we have been fortunate, to have received the blessed Sacrament of Baptism, that makes us one in Christ in faith.
But faith is never enough, or we may just be like the pagans, and no different from them, if we do not live in Christ, if we do not follow Christ, if we still attach ourselves to things of this world that cause us to deny peace, love and happiness to our neighbors, if we still deny to live in harmony with one another, and if because of our selfishness we have become uncaring to others, without forgiveness and compassion, if we do not believe in the truth in Christ's words as we refuse to listen to them, and if we do not love our neighbors, and yes, even refusing to love our enemies with our purely eccentric and materialistic mind and a distorted notion of forgiveness that may be filled with malice, and if we tolerate corruption and what is evil in men to prosper our own interest or protect our own skin regardless of who may suffer or may be affected by our selfish advances.
Did not Christ say to his persecutors, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing," as in Luke 23:34, and to those who wish to follow him, he said, "forgive 70 times 7," in Matthew 18:21, and he said, "You shall love your neighbors as yourself," as in Mark 12:31, and to "love one another," as in John 13:34, and to those who did not trust him and doubted him, including Peter himself and Thomas. "You of little faith," in Matthew 8:26 as he said this to Peter.
It is rather sad, yet true, despite God's forgiving ways, how have we denied Christ in all of above? When will we ever learn to love even our enemies, love and forgive our neighbors in truth and with no conditions, and when will we learn to fully trust in the Lord and not to worry as he will be with us "until the end of age," as in Matthew 28:20?
If you have had some trouble doing what is not of God such as sleepless nights, broken relationships, divorce, illness or the passing of a love one, infertility, guilt, rising indebtedness, loss of a home, loss of a job, chaotic life and the like, are these not clear signs of his wanting us to go back to his flock and believe his commands. to learn to love him above anything or anyone in this life, yes, even above ourselves and our love ones, and I will tell you why as you may read on.
All of above may be hard to do but these are what he wants us to remember and to follow as we strive to be perfect as he is perfect, and as in Matthew 12:30, Jesus said, "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother."
In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus tells the crowd and his disciples, “You have heard that is was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?Are not even the tax collectors doing that?And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?Do not even pagans do that?Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
A powerful reminder of faith, love, hope and forgiveness
Forgiveness and Dying to 'Self'
The power of forgiveness has been the most forgotten by many, especially those who have failed the "dying to self" test, that goes hand in hand with 'unconditional love' which Christ so embodies as he is one in God and with God.
Evil has been winning in many instances where pride in one prevails, despite the presence of many reminders set forth in God's words and in many books in the Holy Bible.
Allowing the pangs of evil rule our life has become a painful choice for many as they themselves have chosen a path contrary to our Heavenly and Almighty Father.
In our choices in life, we carve our own destiny, and as the saying goes, "life is what we make it."
Choosing between God and Mammon, between good or evil, between light and darkness, between love and forgiveness as against pride and hate, have not been easy but when I learned to surrender all things in this world to God through Christ Jesus, I have seen the truth beyond what I see with just my two eyes, as I have seen God in my spirit, and truly, how wonderful this feeling has been as Christ continues to live in my heart. It is "beyond description," as it is "indescribable."
[Read on: God or Mammon - to Serve Only One Master]
Many have died and many have learned to hate their brothers and sisters because of pride and non-forgiveness, as there is a lack of love in every way. And it is simply sad that we have never truly kept in our hearts the power of God's forgiveness of our sins in Christ's passion and death on the cross.
And we have denied him every time we do this, failing to see how many times God has forgiven us, yet, we have been stingy with our love, and with malice in our hearts, we have not learned to forgive others, sometimes, failing to even forgive ourselves as we carry the guilt of our sins.
Many times, some have tried to end their own lives because of the enormous pressure given a worldly perspective of things that are and should never be. Once we begin to blame anybody or everybody including ourselves in any given situation, are we not denying the truth, that no matter how we try to do our best in any given situation, things do not usually go our way. Things may just go against our expectation.
Would a staccato or a rapid fire of blame help solve the problem or a calm and composed mind with a forgiving soul moving forward to offer sensible solutions be a better option?
In 1 John 3:13-15, Saint John in Christ says, “Do not be surprised my brothers, if the world hates you.We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and know that no murderer has eternal life in him.”
If Christ has forgiven those who have persecuted him and have caused him his death on the cross, because '"they do not know what they do," are we not ashamed of ourselves when we refuse to die in our self and learn to forgive others, especially our love ones, who have expressed their love for us. Are we not also persecuting Christ when we fail to forgive. And do we not feel the pain as a result of this persecution as this rebounds to us, and to all those around us including our family and love ones?
The continuous ripple of evil may extend and multiply a thousand times, if left unchecked with the power of the love and the light of Christ in us, and this may cause much pain and suffering, and is this not all because of our pride and our refusal to die to our 'self,' of having to carry the burden of malice and sin, instead of surrendering all these to our Lord Jesus Christ at the foot of his cross, and just trust in his will and his goodness, thank him for our blessings in this life, and not to worry for this will not 'add a single hour (or day to our) life,' as in Matthew 6:27.
May we learn more to forgive, even our enemies, and avoid being quick tempered, that we my be freed from the burden of our guilt. Unknowingly and unwittingly, we may just be passing this on to our love ones. Whatever evil we do in our lifetime, our family may carry these for many generations if we keep on denying Christ, being less prayerful and unmindful of God's goodness, and refuse to see the truth in his words as in Matthew 10:26-42.
And it is in accepting our faults and our weakness, that we are all sinners, and that we are prone to commit mistakes, in all humility and in obedience to God's words, easy to forgive others as a show of our genuine love for Christ and for others, only then may we see the fruits of our love rewarded with abundant blessings from God Almighty as he recognizes those who are faithful to Him and in His Son, through our love for one another.
This truth has happened to me in many ways, that is why I have learned to believe in it and am happy to share with you. If this has also been revealed to you, please feel free to share it here.
Watching the music video above, "When God Ran," reminds us of the power of love and forgiveness in Christ Jesus, however we may have offended him in the past through our being unmindful, uncaring and our unloving stance towards others, and our non-forgiving spirit.
Holy Living, NDE, the Blessed Mother and the Saints
In Colossians 3:12-17, Saint Paul with Timothy writes to the Colossians on the rules for holy living,
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievance you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.And be thankful.Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
In 1 John 2:15-17, Saint John, through divine guidance from the Holy Spirit tells us,
“Do not love the world or anything in the world.If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world.The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
Let us not fail, nevertheless, to interpret above verses with this message: "that man may not be enslaved by material things which causes man to sin or do evil, rather, use material things for the love of God and the love of man."
[Read on related post: "Amazing 'Laminin.' the Binding Truth of the Cross and Creation, and Avoiding Hell," that we may see how the cross, and yes, 'scientifically,' binds us together]
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 exhorts us in St. Paul, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
As true Christians, let us be one and united in our cause against the unseen evil, in the spirit of men.
[The message above is further explained on post: "Jesus Christ our True Healer, and Living in the Spirit."]
Many of those who have experienced NDE or Near Death Experience, have seen a great indescribable light and felt the love of God in it, and have proven the consciousness of the spirit even with a brain dead or clinically dead human body. In other words, does this not show the consciousness of the spirit even in the afterlife?
Just like our Blessed Mother and the Saints, when you are in Christ expressive of your faith, you become one with him in spirit, empowered by the Holy Spirit, with God and in God as in John 14:1-14.
Likewise when we die in our faith and in the love of Christ, our spirit is cleansed by God's light rays of love, of the remnants of sin in a guilt free spirit, and the destruction of 'self' from within our spirit, further explained in the revelation of God to Saint Catherlne of Genoa on Purgatory.
And as creations of God, made in His image and likeness, let us show our love for all men by redirecting their path towards the light of Christ, always bearing in mind not to face evil with evil, but face everything with love that is humble and true, pure and unconditional, that all may see true peace and happiness in the power of God's words.
In Romans 6:11-14 Saint Paul states, as he encourages us to die in our 'self' as we live in Christ, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”
And in John 4:13-16, apostle and gospel writer, Saint John, proclaims through the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit who Christ Jesus is, “We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
Amazing and Indescribable God in Christ Jesus
The next music video, "Indescribable" by Chris Tomlin, further tells us of our an awesome God, with Christ Jesus being one with Him in spirit, all knowing and all powerful manifest in all the things He has created, still, His love and mercy abounds and with Him all things are possible, as in Matthew 19:26. He is indeed, "Indescribable," beyond description, as He is Omnipotent, and Omniscient, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and he End.
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