1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
All things will pass away, even the gifts God gives, but not love, for everything can fail except love. Love is what drove God to create. It is what caused Him to give, and to take away. It is His measure of things and His motive for things. It is His reason for sacrificing Himself for those who hurt Him. It is His justification for forgiving them, and saving them. Love never fails.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
This world measures itself through pride and one of its indicators is knowledge. This world lifts up those who are in the know, admires or even idolizes those who proclaim themselves as gurus, teachers, masters, submitting itself to them. It also hails those who are in power, though power does not equate to knowledge-it does not mean that if one is in power, one knows.
It also measures itself through riches or wealth. They install into power those who have the gold, those who have the capacity to spend, really spend.
But God, as the verse says, chooses the lowly, the have-nots, the utterly stupid or the poor. These He uses and turns them into those who will topple those who are at the top. For He upholds the meek and humble, and brings down the proud and mighty.
Remain humble even in the face of humiliation or oppression, for it is God who chooses and it is He who uses, therefore He knows what to use and what not to use. Remember, His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not ours.
So that no one can boast.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;apart from you I have no good thing.”
Acknowledge the Lord in all things, all situations, all accomplishments, all failures, in everything. And being our Lord, He gives the good things that will benefit us; that everything good comes from Him. Therefore, things that will hurt or destroy us will not come from Him nor will He give to us, though He may allow to happen. This bad things will only come on us if we disobey Him or not make Him our Lord. Also, as human beings, we cant do anything good if He is not Lord of our life.
So let us make Him our Lord that we may always see that it is He who deserves the credit, due, honor, praise and glory, not us.
Besides, we can do nothing good apart from Him.
When did you start walking with Jesus?
Do you remember?
Can you clearly recall? How Jesus took you by the hand and led you to the narrow path? How He gently whispered in your ear ‘You’re Mine.’ How he begun guiding every step of your way? Yeah, sometimes you resisted, but He said again and again, ‘I love you My child.’ Surely you can remember. It is the journey of the lifetime. It is the small-step-for-you-a-giant-leap-for-mankind kind of thing, and it is all worth the effort… and the faith.
But there were mud pools, potholes and humps along the way, things you can’t imagine yourself stepping onto, but you did. In fact, you sometimes stood for a while on it, even wallowed in it. There were also areas where it said ‘STOPOVER’ and you did stopped over. There were signs too that says ‘Min. Speed: 7’ and at times you were oh too lazy to even get to 5, but you kept moving along. You just kept walking.
So when you see yourself almost spent, tired and aching. When you almost ground to a halt.
Remember, you are not alone in this journey. There is One holding you with His strong arm. One who promised never to leave nor forsake you in the middle of nowhere. Remember Him-Jesus, who started walking with you that day assuring you He’d be finishing it too. He promised to renew your strength and keep you going. Then, again, you will find the strength to go on and finish the race called life.
Just remember: Walk on! Walk with Jesus!
Many prepare for Christmas a long time before the day itself. Some even feel ‘Christmassy’ when the ‘ber’ months pile in. Some begin their shopping early. While others go far to find that perfect bargain, some fly great distances just to buy the most expensive for the most loved. Many take time cooking that special dish for that special day or dress up their homes. Most of us make sure that Christmas day will be fun and festive, indeed a very special day.
How about that first Christmas night? All grandeur and festivities were absent that humble night. Not a firework in the sky except for that GPS-like star. Not much festivities also, aside from the lowly shepherds in awe at what they witnessed. Yes, great lengths were travelled, not to buy gifts, but to give them-gold, frankincense, myrrh-all brought from afar for someone unknown and… well… unloved by many. The simplicity of this night might make contrasts with the festivities of our own.
But this simple night is what its all about. It’s the bridge between ‘in the beginning’ and ‘it is finished’. It’s John 3:16 heard from a baby’s cry. It’s salvation Himself born. Grace in the flesh – Jesus.
He is what this season is all about. Let us remember that the best gift we can give Him is a lost soul. The best meal we can have is His Words. And the best time to share Him is today.
A blessed Christmas to all.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)
Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thank You Jesus.