Unconditional Love ❤❤❤

“But here is what I tell you. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.” – Matthew 5:44

Next to the greatest commandment (loving God) is to love your neighbor as yourself. It is so easy to love and care for those people who do the same to us. And loving people whom we know have betrayed, hurt, or looked down on us is definitely another story. Yet, Jesus calls us to love and even pray for them.

What Jesus is teaching us, when he said to love your enemies, is to display an unconditional love. It’s not a love that says ‘because…’ but a love that says ‘in spite of…’ It’s a love made by a decision and not inspired with purely emotion. It is a love that sees not only the physical appearance but a person in God’s perspective. It’s the kind of love which the Father and Son displayed into the world.

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Overcoming Temptation

Jesus answered, “It is written, ……. – Matthew 4:4

The first 11 verses of Matthew 4 tell how the devil tempted Jesus after 40 days and 40 nights without eating. In his vulnerable moment (alone and hungry), the devil tried to deceive Jesus with sugar-coated lies. But, Jesus wittingly combated his tricks with God’s truth. Noticeably, he answered every argument presented by the devil with, ‘It is written…’ Jesus relied on God’s Word to shield himself to yield into temptation.

In our Christian journey, the devil will always find a suitable time when he can present temptation in its sweetest and most enticing form. Remember, he even offered the kingdoms of the world and their glory to Jesus if He will bow down and worship him. Be warned for he may do the same offer to you. He is alert especially when we are in our weak points. He loves it when we are alone, tired or ‘hungry’ because it’s the best time to play his favorite game – deception.

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Let it be…

Jesus replied, “Let it be this way for now. It is right for us to do this. It carries out God’s holy plan.” – Matthew 3:15

Humility and submission are very evident characteristics of Jesus in this verse. Though He is fully aware of His divine status, He was humble enough to submit himself to John in water baptism as a display of His humble submission to His Father’s plan.

It is worth noting that humility and submission are characteristics one must possess who expects for God’s plan to be fulfilled in his life. His magnificent plan in our lives is not an overnight project. It goes through a process and we must be willing to go through it. Along the way, God will allow experiences to test the motive of our heart. And, that includes submission to authority, submission to leaders, submission to your pastors, submission to your parents, regardless of your earthly status, great skills, wealth and fame. Will you always be confident to reply the way Jesus did?

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Get Up!

“Joseph got up. During the night, he left for Egypt with the child and his mother Mary.” – Matthew 2:14

The Chapter 2 of Matthew tells how Herod desperately hunted and attempted to kill the baby Jesus in his fear of the fulfillment of a prophecy. But, with God’s divine intervention through warnings, the baby was kept safe. Yet, what I find notable the most in this chapter is the obedience of Joseph to every instruction given by God. If we are to trace back in chapter 1 of the same book, he was about to divorce Mary when he learned that she was pregnant. But the angel of God spoke to him in a dream of the real situation and so he woke up and did what the angel of the Lord commanded him to do (verse 24). And he did again for many times – when the angel of the Lord told him to escape Egypt with his family, when he was instructed to take them back to Israel, and when he was warned again so he took them back to the land of Galilee. Joseph took heed of every warning and did what he must do.

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Author of Perfect Timing

“So there were 14 generations from Abraham to David. There were 14 from David until the Jewish people were forced to go away to Babylon. And there were 14 from that time to the Christ.” (Matthew 1:17).

I was reading the first chapter of Matthew today and verses one to 17 really captured my interest for the first time. Truth is I read this chapter for a number of times already but today can’t help but go over these verses again and again.

I am not sure of the significance of the number 14 but it appears to me that God perfectly calculated the time to send His own Son into this world. And if it does have a significant meaning, He sure is a Master of consistency to let things fall into His own timeline. It’s quite amazing, too, how He carefully chose the lineage that Jesus will belong to. And it dawned on me how meticulous God has been to details. T’was surely a huge, carefully planned preparation to pave the way for the coming of the Savior here on earth. He could have sent Jesus Christ anytime after the ‘fall’, but He didn’t. He set an appointed and perfect time.

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