Unconditional love

I still don’t understand the concept of love, even though I’ve learned how to love, care, & value others more than myself..

Maybe it’s the very essence of love.. To give and show love unconditionally, even if you don’t receive the same amount in return..

I may not fully understand what love is, but I know the Author and God of love.. To know Him is to know what love truly is.

These were my tweets days ago…  Weeks ago I’ve been troubled by a Facebook comment to my post regarding love, and it still is making me ask deeper questions about love of all kinds. It’s as if my whole idea of God’s love wants to be diminished, because it’s been challenged by that comment. Basta yun na yun; mahirap i-explain, mahaba eh.. Hehe. (Maybe sometime later I will blog about it..)

Pero napansin ko sa sarili ko nitong mga nakaraan puro ganyan ang mga tanong ko, mga status or thoughts or realizations ko. Maybe it’s a romantic love, or brotherly one. Or just familial. Continue reading

No Longer I

My life isn’t mine anymore. Because I’ve been bought at a price. How can I live this life apart from Your Presence? How can I live this life apart from Your call and destiny? How else can I live apart from You? Lord, I couldn’t imagine. I can’t imagine life without Your touch, without Your love, without Your word, without Your Presence. Every move I make, every word I speak, every thought I conceive, every desire in my heart– I’ve resolved it to be under Your shadow… I am bound in You.

This life is not my own anymore. How can I possibly live without God’s affirmation? How can I possibly live this life as I please?

I don’t have to live this life as I want. And that gives me true contentment; and that makes me whole. And that gives me peace and true freedom.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” –Galatians 2:20

social bits overload

nograyareas-versionSecond day of social media fast. So tempting to open my accounts. Argh. When my boredom strikes, there’s like a want to always open my Facebook and Twitter. This fasting I can liken to when we did a Daniel fasting. At that time, it’s so tempting to eat rice and meat. But I believe that through this, God would give me more grace and strength, and the wisdom that I haven’t known before.

The reason I’m doing this (I’m in a 3-day fast) is because I am like bombarded by so many, so much information, details, and nuisances. I need to de-clutter my mind. And it’s a matter of devotion and self-control. Continue reading

self-check.. is there love?

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing…13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 13)

 

verse 8

verse 8

Still Checking

Still pondering about God’s revelation on kuya Randy (blog)… Still checking within myself the spirit of Pharisee, spirit of legalism. Kadalasan, dahil sa kagustuhan kong gawin ang tama, by the rules, ay nagiging legalistic na ako. Minsan wala ng love. But what will abide is LOVE. What will still remain LOVE. It is how we’ve connected to people through Christ’s LOVE that will remain in the hearts of others.

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self-check (part 1)

Hi all.

Tis my first post for this year… been very busy these past months because of work (shifting schedules). Mamaya papasok ulit (panggabi). But after four weeks it will all change.. I think I will be going back to rest again.

As usual, kahit madaling araw na ay nagsusulat pa rin, gumagawa ng blog… really wanna update myself here, and wanna share some of my sentiments. Ngayon andami ko na namang katanungan.. medyo nagiging conflicted din ako sa sarili ko.

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Checking Myself

checklist...

checklist…

After reading kuya Randy’s blog, chinecheck ko na rin ang sarili ko kung masyado na rin ba akong “extreme,” or parang nagiging Pharisee. Parang nagiging self-righteous. His blog narrates how God’s command to him is also similar when God told Hosea to take a wife of harlotry (prostitution). Continue reading