Limited God

God is almighty and all-powerful. There is nothing He can’t do and there is no one bigger and stronger than Him. To Him belong greatness and power. He is full of love and full of hope. You will never meet anyone more loving than the Lord. You will never meet anyone more hopeful than the Lord. Nothing is impossible to God and His love is the biggest love in the universe and yet we don’t get to know Him well. We have a limited version of God and unless we spend time in the Word and work on our faith, we will know a limited God. That is not the real God. That is not the true representation of God. When we get saved, our spirits are born again but our minds are the same.

We get to know God through our limited and non-renewed minds. It’s something I had not thought about when I first became a Christian. I saw some of the great things Jesus could do. I read the Bible and marveled at the Lord’s majesty but I had a limited and a small God mentality. It took me years before I started working on my vision of God. He is so merciful that I had many glimpses of His greatness. Every glimpse helped. Every glimpse made Him a little bigger. Today I am here to encourage you to work on your vision of God and to let Him grow in your mind and in your heart. You might have a big God now but He can always get bigger so to speak.

The Bible says that without faith we can’t please God. Like I said before, God is full of love. If we don’t have faith He doesn’t hate us and He is not disappointed in us but faith connects us to Him. Faith is what allows us to know God and to see Him. Now, there is a spectrum of faith. Our faith can be a mustard seed or it can be the size of a mountain and anything in between. A mustard seed of faith is enough. We can’t get discouraged if we have little faith because God can work with what we have. With the mustard seed of faith we can see the impossible take place in our lives. We have to keep working on it. We ought to use that mustard seed and expand it so that our vision of God gets bigger. A small God won’t get us far. A vision of a small God won’t get us far. Let me share what helped me with my vision of God.

The Word of God tells us that God is omnipresent. He is everywhere all the time. I meditated on that for a while. I read in Romans chapter 8 that nothing could separate us from God’s love. That blew my mind. It means that I could be stuck at the bottom of the ocean and God would still be there. I thought of the worst places I could imagine and realized that God would be there with me. There is nowhere in the world that you and I could be without God. There are no situations where we are without God. He is that powerful. He is that big. I have traveled to a few countries on different continents and God was there every time. He is so big. He has no limitations so we need to take the limits off of God in our thinking.

Think about the great things the Lord did in the Bible and the things He has done in your life. Focus on His greatness by thinking of His amazing accomplishments. Think about His miracles. Don’t consider them as things of the past. His miracles are still available today. God is as big today as He was when He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites when they were led by Moses. He is still as big as when He turned water into wine. He still as big as when He did something for you that took you by surprise. Your last breakthrough was not the end of your blessings. It was just a part of a continuation of miracles that will keep happening as you fine tune your vision of God.

Expect great things. Expect miracles. Expect your big God to do the impossible. Expect positive and breathtaking changes in your life. Expect the God of miracles to be your God. He is. You just need to embrace that truth and to keep it alive in your spirit and in your mind. Don’t limit God because of some personal experiences that have gone wrong. Expand God and stretch your mind. Wherever you are, God is with you. Whatever you are going through, God is with you. The almighty God of the Bible is your God. Enjoy Him! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 29:11; Jeremiah 32:27; Luke 1:37

Not today and not tomorrow

I have a very active imagination just like anyone else. My mind can go to places that don’t make sense. I can create strange realities that are far from the truth. The enemy takes one thought, puts it into our heads and lets us build lies that tear us apart. He does that to control us and to intimidate us. We can see the present as the worst time in our lives if we give in to his lies. We can predict a miserable future if we let his lies take root in our minds. The mind is a battlefield and as long as we are here on earth, it will be a battleground that we will have to deal with. We can’t be passive thinkers. We can’t be listeners of lies. We can’t be tossed around by lies. Overthinking is a weapon used by the enemy that depletes us of our faith. It gnaws at our beliefs and it makes holes in the blanket of hope that the Lord gives us when we accept Him as our Savior. The enemy is after our thoughts because he knows that they can build us up or destroy us and they can alienate us from God. What can we do to win this battle? We have to remember that the battle doesn’t ever end but we have an ally that makes us win. The Holy Spirit is the best ally in the battle of the mind. He points us in the right direction and He gives us the ammunition we need to be more than conquerors. We can take a stand and tell the enemy “Not today and not tomorrow.” We are not going to succumb to his lies today and not tomorrow.

Staying in the present is a very powerful practice because it gives us access to the goodness of God. There is a lot of good around us and in us. God has put blessings in our lives that we can’t recognize when we can’t stay in the present. God is with us right now in the present and when our minds run a thousand miles an hour, we can easily miss God and end up in obscure places where there is no hope. God is hope and hope is right here, right now. It is not coming tomorrow. It is not just part of the past. Hope is here to stay. Staying in the present and focusing on the Lord is a great way to stay in faith and to stay with hope. Why would we want to move away from hope? We do it all the time without knowing it. Do you ever take the time to look at your life and observe what is going on now? Do you take the time to count your blessings and to appreciate the love of God today? I believe that if we took a moment to marvel at the Lord and to exalt Him now, we would see the beauty that’s in our lives and how blessed we are. God said He would never leave us nor forsake. That is true for now. He won’t leave us now and He won’t leave us tomorrow.

Doubt and fear often project a sad future. When we think about what’s to come and we believe that we will have to fend for ourselves, the future doesn’t look too bright. When we meditate on the fact that we don’t know what the future holds, we can be very miserable. God holds the future and He knows what He is going to do in the future and He doesn’t want us to worry about it one bit. With the Lord, our future is bright and we shouldn’t make it dark by having negative thoughts about things we have no control over. What can we do about tomorrow? We can trust God about tomorrow and stay in peace today. We can praise and celebrate the Lord today because He has our future in His hand. When the enemy dumps bad thoughts in our minds, we should tell him “Don’t touch my tomorrow. It belongs to the Lord and He has a great plan for it.” Don’t let your thoughts get the best of the future that is meant to be a blessing to you. Your thoughts are powerful so be sure they stay positive. Today is not going to be bad. Tomorrow is not going to be bad. Bad things may happen today and tomorrow but the Lord is with you and He will make all things better. Stay encouraged. You are with the best of the best. Jesus Christ is the best of the best and He always gives good things. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:34; John 14:27; Hebrews 10:23

Let God sing the lyrics of the song of your life

What does the soundtrack of your life sound like? Have you thought about it? If your life were a song, what song would it be? What would be the lyrics? Music has always had a strong impact on my life and I used to let it direct my moods and my emotions. I would play certain songs intentionally so I would feel a particular way. I would also let music amplify the way I felt at times. When I was down, you could be sure that I didn’t play happy music but I would waltz around with sad music in the background. That sad background noise never helped. It damaged my spirit more than I knew and it created a “comfortable space” that was hurting me. Have you ever found refuge in a wounded place? Have you ever felt better when you allowed yourself to be down abs vulnerable? It is not God’s best for us. His songs are not depressing and His lyrics are always positive.

God doesn’t intend for us to sing sad songs or negative songs. A song could have a beautiful melody and be a negative song at the same time. Think about the lyrics. Think about how the song makes you feel. Our soul can be easily swayed by music and words. Words can harm and words can heal. Words can lift up our spirits and words can bring us down. Words give life and words give death. It’s important that we choose words of life. The Bible contains the most amazing words of life and hope. Jesus has words for each one of us. His words heal, help, build up, lift us up, bless us and express His love for us. Today I want to encourage you to go with the words of the Lord. Know that He sings over you and choose His lyrics over the lyrics of condemnation, fear, sorrow, destruction, worry and death.

Any words that promote negativity should be avoided. I am not saying that we shouldn’t listen to music at all. I am focusing on the words that we hear in the world and in our minds. We can’t shut off the world and we can’t control the words that run through our heads most of the time. What we can do is reject them. There is some tug of war going on in our heads. The negative is pulling on one side and the positive is pulling on the other side. What we accept and adopt is crucial. We can side with the positive and let go of the negative. The key is to fill our minds with the positive words of the Lord. That is why it is primordial to study the Word of God and stay fixed on Him. The Holy Spirit will always assist us when we decide to follow God’s Word.

Read the Word of God as the love letter that it is meant to be. Read it as the love song that was written for you. The Lord sings over you and He covers you with lyrics from Heaven. His songs are extremely uplifting and encouraging. He sings about how He will never leave you nor forsake you. He sings about His love for you and how His Son died for you. God is in love with you and He desires the very best for you. Buy into His lyrics. Make them your own. Sing His songs over your life. Speak His Word over your life. Resist the enemy and he will flee. Resist the negativity and it will flee. Do it with the songs of the Lord in His Word. You will see that the Holy Spirit will give you new melodies that will make every day a beautiful song to God’s glory! Let God sing the lyrics of the song of your life!

Suggested reading: Zephaniah 3:17; John 13:25; James 4:7

Hope in dark times

Two days ago a bit part of the east coast was hit by a big storm. When the storm go to where I live, it traveled through the area in the form of a tornado that brought some very strong winds. As a result, many of us lost power. No lights, no running water and limited internet access on my phone. It made me think of what a comfortable life I have and I felt convicted not to complain and not to feel sorry for myself. Life could be a lot worse and many people live in very terrible conditions. It would have been very easy for me to fall into a pit of self-pity and despair but the Holy Spirit kept reminding me to count my blessings. Did I want to count my blessings when I was sitting in the dark that night? No. My flesh was rebelling and telling me how unfair life was. My spirit was complying and saying “Praise the Lord. He turns things around.” It was dark. It felt sad. It was unsettling but there was hope. In the middle of dark times there is a light of hope. I have mentioned it before and I was so glad I could experience. Why? Because things got darker and darker. Yesterday I found out that we could be without power for 7 to 10 days. My flesh frowned but my spirit smiled. Not because of the bad news but because even when there is bad news the Lord is still there. I got to experience that supernatural peace against. I can’t put it in words but it manifested and showed up like a drop from Heaven. A drop that refreshed my forehead when all I was feeling was fever and angst. God’s peace is a tranquilizer that puts us on a wave of joy. It makes us ride the waves and see the shore and look forward for good things to come that we can’t see. His peace is a faith agent that promotes faith.

Dark times are so overwhelming but they are not the end. I refused to call it quits and to give up. There is just too much goodness of God to go around that I couldn’t just give up. Hope stood in the middle of that dark room and sang. It sang a song that can make anyone jump with joy. That is what the Lord does. He makes you sing and dance in the middle of your nightmares. He pushes the bad dreams away and makes room for the dreams and visions He has for you. Hope is what He will always have for you. I am here to encourage you today to look for God’s hope and don’t let the dark times intimidate you. I know how they feel but I also know that nothing, absolutely nothing can stand between the Lord and us. Hope is the bridge that gets us to where God is. It shortens the distance that is produced by the fear and the worries from the dark times. The darkness of the night was so prevalent two nights ago. It was very symbolic. I literally sat in darkness. I had no idea what was coming next. I thought I would get an alert that said the power would be restored within 24 hours. That alert never came. What came was an opportunity to stand strong or to fall down hard. Just like anyone else I don’t like to fall and I push back. I push back with faith and o decided to look at hope in its glory in the middle of the room. My Bible happened to be on my coffee table in the middle of the room. That is where my Hope was.

Keep hope in the middle. Keep hope in the center and let everything else revolve around it. When you do, hope will dictate how you should react to everything around you. Hope will say, “Carry me. Put me on like a backpack and don’t let go.” Carry the light weight of hope. When you run into difficulties, open your backpack and take out the power of hope. When you hold hope in your hand, you can’t help but have peace for the future. Hope from the Lord will give you a boost. Thank Him for Hope even when you don’t see it. It will become more apparent to you. You will understand that hope can turn anything around. It starts with your thinking and it fills your heart with faith. It may be dark right now but hope is still in the room. Don’t give up. Pray. Then pray again and continue to pray. Don’t get discouraged. Something big is coming and it will change your situation. Jesus brought hope into the world and it never left. Hope is with you. Stay in faith!

Suggested reading: Romans 15:13; Hebrews 11:1; 1 Peter 1:3

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 103)

God is not always a blessing in disguise. He is a blessing in plain sight. He dresses the part and He shows Himself the way He truly is. The question is, are we recognizing the blessing?

Jesus gets in the way when there is no way. He makes a way and blows you away with His mysterious ways!

Consider God as the highest source for everything. Highest source for life, love, peace, freedom, wisdom, victory, deliverance, truth and joy.

Some people are only in your life for a season and only God knows the reason. Don’t try to figure out the departures and arrivals. God is in charge of everyone’s journey.

Some doors are more like windows. They are shorter and thinner so the opportunities are fewer but they are still there. Ask God to reveal the doors and the windows in your life.

Put one foot forward in faith and keep walking in love. Put the other foot forward in faith and keep running your race. Put one foot forward in faith and let God show you the way. Put the other foot forward and see how God leads you to amazing places one step at a time.

Stress and anxiety are conduits for the enemy to get into our lives. They are open doors for negativity and depression. Open the door to faith and hope and positivity will follow you everywhere.

Peace is what God gives and what we should expect. The absence of peace doesn’t mean the absence of God but God can make peace present even when there is turmoil and chaos.

The Lord gives us notifications about how much He loves us. They are reminders of His goodness and kindness. Let’s be aware of those promptings and embrace His loving nudges.

Your breakthrough will come true. Your blessings will show up. Your answers will come. Your deliverance will manifest. Your Lord will keep His promises. Your current misery is not the end!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 17:7-8; Psalm 20:4; Philemon 1:25

God has better for you

We all have dreams and wishes. Some of us see them clearly and know exactly what we want. Some of us are still trying to design our dreams and make a list of our wishes. Some of us have had those dreams and wishes for as long as we can remember and we won’t let go of them. What are our dreams based on? Are our wishes God-centered? Do we wish to have the best in this life because of how the world describes what our lives should be like? God wants us to dream big dreams and those dreams should align with His desires for our lives. We too often go passed God and create dreams that are far out because we think God gave us those dreams when in reality they were born in the realm of our ego and they are not from God. How do we know what’s best for us? What’s best for us is not necessarily what the world says is best. The world presents ideals that lure us but they are not the Lord’s best. In this message today, I want to invite to rethink what’s best for you and to open up to God’s best. What you might consider a dream could be a fantasy that doesn’t even come close to God’s best for you. God will always have better for you and when you get into His mindset, you will understand what’s best.

What is the best thing that has ever happened to you? If you are a Christian, getting saved is by far the best thing that has happened in your life. Having Jesus as your Savior is the very best thing! You entered salvation and your life was rescued from the claws of eternal death. Having a relationship with your Savior is the best relationship you can have. Now that you are saved and you are an heir to the Kingdom of God, you should expect a “Kingdom lifestyle” here on earth. Your inheritance entitles you to a lot more than you could hope for before you were saved. God’s Kingdom is the absolutely best place to be and we Christians can be in that place today. How? By faith. It’s by faith that we seize the Kingdom. It’s by faith that we reach out for the best. It’s by faith that we dream God’s dreams and see them come to pass. However, we ought to feed our faith the right manna from Heaven and not the junk food of the world in order to develop those big dreams.

The junk food of the world looks appealing, filling and delicious. It imitates God’s food. It is a diluted and processed version of God’s food. It is not sustainable and it won’t help you grow. It won’t keep you spiritually healthy even though it looks like it would. My point is that if you base your faith on what you hear in the world even if it’s not confirmed in the Word, you will have dreams that don’t align with God. For instance, your biggest dream could be to become a millionaire. God says He will provide your needs so becoming a millionaire sounds about right. It’s one of the world’s goals but is it the best that God wants for you? God tells you He has better for you. What is better than being a millionaire you might ask? Being rich in the things of the Lord is way better. Having an intimate relationship with Jesus is better. God is love and He desires for all of us to know and experience His love. His love is always better. It manifests in many ways and that is what the Lord wants us to dream about. His love is bigger than anything we can fathom so His dreams are always bigger. Expect big things based on God’s love. God loves you so much that He wants you to have better than what you want for yourself. Leave it up to Him and let Him show you the best!

Suggested reading: John 3:16; John 10:10; Ephesians 3:20

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 101)

Let God’s love in you be bigger than the hate that is in this world. Let’s God love in you be bigger than the fear the enemy wants to see develop in you.

No stress, no worries. Jesus comes on time and He helps all the time. His timing is perfect and His help is on point.

Don’t just look at what you want to see. Look at everything the Lord wants you to see. Look with the eyes of faith and you will God’s hand everywhere you look.

Darkness roams in bright daylight. Test all spirits. Not every light is from God but God’s light always pierced all shades of darkness even the lightest shades!

With God you have nothing to worry about. He will always give you a reason to believe and the peace and wisdom to rejoice in everything.

If your church is divided because of who rules your world, refocus on who the ruler of your life is. Be sure that Jesus is the ruler and not anyone or anything else.

God has a plan. God is the plan. Let God unfold in your life. Let Him be the reason for every season of your life. Let God prosper you. God won’t harm you but He is your hope and your future.

Our minds try to “Google translate” God and we end up missing the meaning of what He is saying. Let’s interpret God with the help of the Holy Spirit who speaks God’s language fluently!

There is a price to pay when we want to stay in faith despite some events of our lives. This price is praise; it costs less than we think and its reward is priceless!

The Lord goes before you wherever you go so you should travel with the assurance that He is your insurance no matter where you are.

Suggested reading: Psalm 67:7; Numbers 6:24-25; James 1:17

How ready are you to receive from God?

I have been traveling for the holidays. When I am not at home, I find it a bit harder to pray at times. It has become a lot easier in the past six years but I am very sensitive to the spiritual atmosphere around me. I remember trying to pray when I was in Barcelona a few years ago and it was a struggle. Thank God it wasn’t anything the Lord couldn’t help me with. He helped me break through. I strongly believe that our environment can help our prayers or can deter them. What we have to do is keep “pushing through” and the flow of prayers will come. I flow with the Spirit when I pray. It starts with praise and thanksgiving. That combination sets the ground for praying with the Spirit. He comes in and takes over and all I have to do is yield and let Him lead the way. The other night, I was in bed praying here and I found that it was very easy to pray. Everything just went so smoothly. The Lord showed me that the family member I was staying with had a very fertile soil for the things of the Lord. He has a good base that allows the Lord to come in and bless him. He prays daily and he has the faith of a child. He believes that what the Lord says is the utmost truth. I meditated on the “fertile soil” concept and I received some insights. The question I came up with is how fertile is our soil? The soil here represents our foundation, our base, our level of faith, our engagement with the Lord and our “preparation ground” as I like to call it. When our soil is fertile and expectant, God can shower us with His rain and blessings grow all over the place.

The spiritual soil we all have is our level of faith. Faith is everything because without it we would not believe in God. Now, we all have a soil that we have to maintain. We all have a measure of faith that we need to cultivate. We can actively work on it or we can be lazy and not do anything to it. Being lazy and having a non-active faith is obviously not the best solution. We ought to be laborers of faith that spend time working on our piece of land. We have control over how much faith we are adding every day, how much fertilizer we are using. The Word of God is the best source of fertilizer. If the Word stays on our shelves, it won’t do any good. No harvest has ever come out of a land that is never taken care of. It is true that the rain comes and does something to it. That is what we can compare to God’s grace. His grace is given to us without us doing anything. Yes, God does bring the rain and we see miracles come out of the soil but He also expects us to do the growing and the cultivating by studying His Word. I want my land to be so fertile that there are crops all over the place and others can come and taste the fruit of the land. Our faith is for us and for others. We can stand in faith for others until they start growing their own crops. Use the fertilizer of the Word of God daily.

Praying like I said earlier was a joy that night. It has been ever since but that night is when I got the revelation as to why it was so great. When we pray every day, when we pray without ceasing, we make our soil very fertile. Praying without ceasing can seem impossible but it means praying often and keeping a prayer attitude. Our prayer attitude is sustained when we say and do things that don’t contradict out prayers. It’s when we say and do things that line up with faith. Our words outside of our prayer time are very important. We need to watch what we say. Are we doubting God when we talk or are we supporting our belief that God will answer our prayer? A faith that is rooted in “God can do all things” is a strong faith. When your soil is constantly sprinkled with words of affirmation and words of faith, it becomes fertile and it is ready to receive from God. Keep sprinkling faith all over your foundation. Pile up faith on top of faith. Let your declarations be strong and assertive and let them speak of how great your Lord is. The more fertile your soil, the more sustained blessings you will see. Jesus said that He couldn’t perform miracles where no one believed. Don’t let your soil be a place where He can’t perform miracles. Be sure your land shouts out His praise and you will see great miracles take place in His holy name!

Suggested reading: Matthew 21:22; Hebrews 11:1; 1 John 5:5

Your “day one” starts today

I was browsing the internet the other day and I saw a saying that goes “One day or day one? You decide.” I found that approach very interesting and I meditated on it for some time. I don’t think I came across it by accident. God uses all kinds of messages to reach us and to teach us. I was getting a lesson and I was willing to go with it and learn as much as I could. It is good to have hope and to believe that one day we will get what we need or what we want. There is absolutely nothing wrong with waiting for that one day. What matters in my opinion, is how we wait for that one day. What are we doing while we are in the hallway of expectations waiting for the door of blessings to open? Are we putting everything on hold until our breakthrough or are we living it up, rejoicing and staying full of hope?

I have to admit that I used to put everything on hold while my miracle was on its way. I used to hope for the best with half of my heart and expect the worst with the other half. “One day” sounded good but in actuality it often seemed impossible. God’s version of “One day” is different from ours. For Him “One day” means that it will definitely happen and it will happen in His timing. “One day” for a lot of us means “One day maybe but most likely never.” Friend, side with God and trust in His version of “One day.” That one day will come. It is already in the pipeline and God has the best timing for it. Until “one day”, enjoy every day. Until “one day”, learn to see the beauty in every day.

My message today is to encourage you to turn your “one day” into your “day one.” Let today be the start of new expectations and new revelations. We all need a breakthrough, a blessing or a miracle and we can decide to start embracing joy and peace today as we wait for the day when the breakthrough comes. Day one of our new way of waiting and expecting can start today. We can make up our minds and declare  that a new beginning is here. What can your day one look like? It can look like the best new initiative in a long time. It can be the start of embracing life and especially embracing the Lord today.

The miracle will come, the breakthrough will take place, the blessing will show up but another major truth is that the biggest miracle of all is here today. Jesus, the Savior of the world, is with you here and now. Today can be day one of adopting a new attitude that always focuses on seeing Jesus and on fixing our eyes on Him at all times. A life lived with the consciousness of the Lord every day is a great life. The miracle maker, the breakthrough creator and the blessing giver is here today, day one! A new beginning is a great beginning when it causes us to praise the Lord more than ever!

Your “one day” is happening today, friend. Let your “day one” be a day of celebration. Leave all your worries behind. Take them, name them and give them to the Lord. Ask Him to carry them and deal with them for you. He will. He did on the cross and you can expect it to become a reality every time you cast your cares on Him. Refuse to worry but instead accept to worship. Day one is the start of a new way of thinking, of speaking and of acting. It’s the first day of praise over pessimism. It’s an injection of optimism into your day. It’s the desire to see the glass as half full and not as half empty. It’s the strong decision to lift up Jesus and bring down doubts.

Day one of a big change is a beautiful new start. No more waiting in fear. No more waiting with doubt on your mind. No more hoping halfheartedly. Your needs will be met. Your blessing is on the way. Praise God for it before you see it. Praise the Lord for it every day. You can decide how you are going to react to what happens to you. React with praise. React with patience. React with faith. React with Jesus. Your “one day” starts today!

Suggested reading: Psalm 37:7; Proverbs 14:29; Colossians 3:12

A call to walk in love despite conflicts

If you follow some Christian groups or leaders on social media, you must have read about some of the clashes that have been taking place among them lately. They don’t seem to agree and get along. If you are from this political party or from that party, it creates friction. You can’t follow this person because you might be deemed as a traitor. According to some leaders, God is only found in one political party and if you belong to a different party, you are living in sin. It is crazy how politics have grown roots in Christianity and vice versa. I never thought Jesus was going to take a stand and criticize all that are not in His party. Why did that never cross my mind? Well because Jesus doesn’t act like that. He stood with the ones people rejected in society. He bent people’s views of life. He loved the unlovable ones and He welcomed the ones people despised. Would Jesus be the same way nowadays?

The Bible doesn’t say that Jesus has changed. As far as I know  He is still the incarnation of love and I truly believe with all my being that He will never ever change. The problem is that we all have ways we perceive Jesus and we present Him according to how we see Him. We project the Jesus we have in our minds more than we present the One we have in our hearts. Our minds have taken over our belief system and it has injected principles, ideas and opinions that are our own and not the Lord’s. How can we feed the homeless with one hand and starve the ones who are looking for love by depriving them with the other hand? We pour money into charities and we empty our hearts of love with other actions. Every time we reject and segregate people, we take love out of our hearts and replace it with judgement and man-made opinions. 

If people can’t find love in the Church, where are they going to find it? Clashes and conflicts don’t look good on the face of the Church. It gives the Church a frown instead of a smile. I know of people who are turned off by the Church because they find it to be too rigid and too judgmental. There is a distorted image of Jesus that is being broadcasted in the world and it hurts the body of God more than it helps it. I don’t think it is wrong to be involved in politics. I find it difficult when our political views strip our messages off love. I think this goes for anything in life. If what we do and what we believe in take love out of the equation, there has to be some type of readjustment or recalibration. The question is what are we standing for? Who are we mirroring? Is our message tarnished or is it filled with God’s love? It is when our back is against the wall that our true colors come out. My prayer is that our true colors are always the colors of God’s love no matter what party we belong to or what job we have. Our main job is to love God and love others. If we compromise our job by changing its description, we are susceptible to do a poor job. In the natural, if our job is to review applications for instance but instead we file them without reading them, we can’t be considered good workers. Love can’t be filed away and replaced by actions that we regard as being more important even though they don’t reflect love.

Where do we go from here? How can we help fix this situation? I have stayed away from social media these past few days so I don’t have to read the anger and the hate that is publicly displayed. However, I can’t be silent. I am not saying that I need to denounce specific groups and leaders. I am saying that I feel the need to call for truce and call for peace. I strongly believe that we can be part of the solution if we mirror Jesus for everyone. If we continue to walk in love and be great models, we will touch people. We can be Jesus to everyone even to those who are established in the Church and who are very influential. We can be the influence that influences the influencers. I know a few people who live by example and who inspire me and encourage me to be more like Jesus all the time. I have learned that even though we can have great role models, Jesus is the ultimate model and He should be followed despite what people say. When we follow the Lord against all odds, we can’t go wrong. When we look to Him for inspiration, for direction and for aspiration, we are always heading in the right direction. Conflicts and disagreements are bound to happen even in the Christian world but Jesus’ imitators can help make things better. Let’s stand for love and for the Lord. Let’s be the Church that acts in love all the time. No more how popular or unpopular it is!

Suggested reading: John 13:34; Ephesians 5:2; 2 John 1:6