NOTE: Previously posted on my old blog site (September 2016). I came across it again and decided to post it here. I guess my reason is I wanted to see how much I have grown, or if my beliefs had changed over the span of 2 years.
Please, do not use the word of God as a cover, as a shield or as an act, a front. Christ is our good shepherd, and we are his flock of sheep. Christ leads us to the right path, the path to our Father. Whatever you preach, if you are so proud of your faith, then try to live based on Christ’s teachings. Practice what you preach.
Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
I know you love God, truly you do. But how can you proclaim your love for Him if you can’t follow the second greatest commandment? How can you go on loving God if you can’t love your neighbor? God is our Father, and you are my brother/sister. Truly, to love God is to NOT hurt your neighbor, your brothers and sisters.
What is ‘wrong’ will never be ‘right’ no matter which side of the coin you look at. If you do wrong, if you hurt someone, seek forgiveness. If someone did you wrong, forgive him just like how the Lord forgave you.
“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
Let me tell you, I have read the bible from Genesis to Revelation, but still I have sinned. One example was my failure to do what apostle Paul taught everyone in his letters (Ephesians 4:36; Ephesians 4:29). I am not proud of what I have done, and I have often felt that I have no right to publicly proclaim my faith because of my sins. Our sins can separate us from God.
“But your wrongs have separated you from your God…” Isaiah 59:2
I know it is hard to follow the words of God. I think it is because it is inherent for us humans to make mistakes, to commit sins. We sometimes stray to the promises we made to God, oftentimes hurting others just to get what we want. Our stubbornness causes us to sin, going against the second greatest commandment.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
That is why we need Christ in our life. Because to reach God is trough Jesus Christ. (1Timothy 2:5)
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6
Like you, I’m a sinner. And I constantly ask God through Christ to forgive me of my transgressions. But I know before God can forgive me, I should also forgive those who have sins against me. I know that to show my love for the Lord, I must love my brothers and sisters, too.
That is why I am telling you this: I have forgiven you, a long time ago. And whatever sins I have committed against you, my brothers/sisters, I hope you have forgiven me, too.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
To be a children of God is to love him above everything else, and to love God is to love your brothers and sisters. Stop hurting one another. Go on and live a kind of life Christ wants us to live–a moral life, a life with out anger and hatred, a life where you do not hurt the people around you.
I am truly happy to know that you have accepted Jesus in your life. Let Him guide you, show you the right path. There is no greater love than that of Christ’s love for us. He died on the cross to carry the burden of our sins. The greatest love that you will ever need is HIS love because He will never reject nor forsake you.
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love.” Ephesians 4:2