Saturday, July 25, 2009
Did you ever had that feeling of suddenly finding yourself going home to your family after so much time away from them in a foreign country? How much you suddenly missed your children and your spouse? How much you wished you could hug them and kiss them and tell them how much you missed them? How much you could almost literally sing and laugh at your seat in an airplane as it traveled back to your home country? You are homeward bound and nothing else can describe your feeling of sheer joy and exhilaration as you recall to your mind the joyous moments you had with your family and eagerly anticipate your eventual reunion.
That is my feeling right now. I wish I am already homeward bound. Despite all the problems, frustrations, physical, mental and emotional pains in my life, I can't help but focus on my homeward journey to my eventual reunion with my Lord and with all my Christian brothers and sisters who have gone home before me. I don't care if I die of diabetes, hypertension, scoliosis, acute hernia, prostate gland problem or overgrowth of the thyroid gland. Nothing seems to bother me since my God has always been my constant companion faithfully supplying my every need. I am reminded of that praise song- You're More Than Enough For Me. "So blessed, I can't contain it. So much I have to give it away. Your love taught me to live now. You are more than enough for me." My heart is bursting with pure joy and ecstasy because of God's presence in my life and I am eagerly anticipating our eventual reunion after so many years of my forlorn sojourn here in this transit point of my life. I wish I could be homeward bound soon.
Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Homeward Bound, Heaven, Joy, Love, Peace, Bliss, Reunion, Exhilaration, Happiness, Excitement, No More Pain, No More Sorrows, No More Problems, No More Heartaches, No More Trials, No More Betrayals, No More Loneliness, No More Temptations, No More Sin, Leaving The World
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Monday, July 20, 2009
One thing that differentiates Christianity from all religions in the world is the idea of grace. And what is grace? Simply put, grace is unmerited favor bestowed by a magnanimous God to undeserving recipients. Grace is never dependent on the status of the recipient but on his willingness to accept grace and surrender himself to God. Thus, we will never be saved by our own meritorious good works alone. And this grace is bestowed to all individuals who will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. Thus, salvation is a grace from God. I never would have fully understood this word if I have not tasted and experienced it in my own life. Salvation through the acceptance of Jesus Christ was easy enough. But transformation, whereby we are transformed from glory to glory until we reach the whole measure of the fullness of Jesus Christ is not. Thus, we need the grace of God to achieve it. Totally abandoning our former lives of indulgence in pleasure and sinful living is almost impossible without the grace of God. Thus we see former sinners turning into veritable saints because of God's grace. I myself live by the grace of God alone. I would have been dead a long time ago, but by the grace of God I am still alive to give glory to His name. Thus, I wake up each morning thanking God for the grace of life. And the more I experience His divine grace in my life, the more I am humbled and amazed. Now, I just live to please God and give glory to His name. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Grace, Salvation, Eternal Life, Heaven, Joy, Love, Peace, Transformation, Glory, Kingdom of God, Man, Life, Experience, World, Depravity, Lost, Hope, Faith, Cross, Calvary, Word of God, Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla