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REFLECTING HIS LOVE

Ptr. Erwin Concepcion

September 8, 2019

 

Matthew 25:34-36 (KJV)

 

               "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my

                 Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:                         For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:                     I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye                       visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”

 

Reflection:

Who do you think of when you read the words "reflecting His love"? You may say to yourself, "I could never willingly preach the gospel to a cannibalistic tribe. I hope God never asks me to live in poverty."

Some will never know the supernatural boldness given by Him to accomplish the difficult tasks Christ asks of us. Others already have experienced His overflowing measure of love and grace spilling over to everyone around. However, you may be one still wondering if given the extreme circumstance, would you be able to reflect His love?

 

I want to introduce you to someone who happens to be my best friend. We have been friends for a long time, but we didn't start to get close until my working years. That was the year when I decided to talk to him more than a friendly greeting, an occasional "thank you" when he opened a door for me or kept me safe from the world's deceivers and predators.

My friend is the best listener and gives the best advice. Through the years, I have cried to him about discouragements, frustrations, anxieties, struggles, a job that didn't work out, and he has always been ready to listen. Every time, I come away with a peace knowing that God is still taking care of me. He always reminds me how faithful God is to accomplish the plans He has for me. He says he prays for me, especially when I don't know how to pray. I can always trust him at his word.

My best friend, you may have guessed, is the Lord Jesus Christ. My faith in him becomes more real, the more I make him a part of my life. Here's what I've discovered: We learn what real faith is by spending as much time with Him as possible. In Philippians 4:6 (KJV) Paul urges his readers “Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." I take that very literally.

I want to come to a point where I am not anxious about the outcomes of my decisions because I have assurance that I have discussed the situation with my Lord and He's led me in the direction He wills.

His love for me can’t be fathomed, as it’s described in John 15:13 and Romans 5:8 (please read). Therefore, I pray and tell the Lord every request and question I have. He'll answer me one way or another--possibly not the way I would have liked, but His way is always best.

Prayer:

Lord, make me a reflection of your wonderful love. Show me how to shine in love among my friends and family. Bless me with a compassionate and loving heart to those who are in need without expecting anything in return. I pray to You, In Jesus Name, Amen.

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