Reflections From The Bible And Life

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What is The Real Win?

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Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 states, “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” The scripture tells us no matter what we do or what we pray, no matter how we seem good, if we don’t genuinely love one another, our efforts are useless and we prove nothing to God. We shouldn’t do good deeds so that we may receive praises and respect from people, or expect anything else in return. We do good deeds out of love, instead. God knows what your heart contains, and there’s no fooling Him. You may fool people, but you may not fool God. Only love overflowing from His grace can allow you to make a real difference. When you have this grace, everything else follows.

We all need love. Nobody is exempted. God made us this way so we would realize that we need God, for God is love. Everybody may fail you, but God will not.

In any game, we want to win. But what is the real “win”? Perhaps we should define it, otherwise, you might end up with players having different views on what the win situation is all about. Some may think doing exhibition moves might be the win. Some will think running fast is it, while some may think looking good or wearing fancy clothes, or cheering your lungs out may be it.

Jesus gave us 2 commands to follow. Those 2 commands (Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might, and, Love your neighbor as Jesus has loved you) constitute the real “win.” If you faithfully follow these 2 commands, everything else will follow.

What is the win in any business? Is it profit? It’s actually raving fans. Its d win of any business. If you have that everything else will follow. If you show your customers that you love them, they will love you back. How do you love them? You love them by thinking of ways where your services provide them convenience and an overall delightful shopping experience, as well as thoughtfulness through personalized service.

How do you win in family life? You win by spending time together in a family. A lot of husbands and wives think that they need to work abroad so that they could provide a better life and hence, more happiness for the family. It’s not the bigger house or abundance of toys, gadgets nor better education that matters the most in a family. It’s the bonding with each other and sticking together as a family that is the real win here. I admire overseas workers, but definitely family life is more important than financial security. God always provides when we are in need, and although the sacrifice is admirable, we shouldn’t separate from our families.

What’s the win of a spiritual community? It’s unity. Whereas bonding as a family is important to a family, unity is to a spiritual community. One may be suffering from spiritual backslides, or losing hope in life, or suffering depression over something, but if you have brothers and sisters in Christ who share the same faith in the community, they will be able to help you get back on the right track, and vice versa. With unity of members as one, the community becomes strong. It is love that fuels the unity of a spiritual community.

The bottom line is it’s all about relationships. From businesses and consumers, to players and fans, to everything else. Everything is based on relationships. When one establishes some sort of relationship with another there is unity.

Unity comes with humility. Psalm 133:1 says, “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” For unity to exist we must look to the needs of others. By denying ourselves and submitting to God we will not look inward but look outward. Could it be that too often we play down strife between brethren by labeling it as merely a “personality clash” when the real problem is pride, arrogance, and hatred toward a brother? These attitudes are just as serious as the false teacher. The Scriptures are very clear as to how we should treat our brethren and what attitudes we are to have towards them (Eph. 4:31,32; Matt. 5:44; Rom. 12:13-21; I John 4:7).

The book of Philippians illustrates the need for unity in doctrine as well as unity in attitude (1:27; 3:16; 2:3). Paul exhorts all to have the “same love” (2: 3; 1: 9) and we see this love illustrated in him. Paul remembered the Philippians in his prayers (1:4), had them in his heart (1:7), longed for them in his absence (1:8), was willing to remain in the flesh for their sake even though being with the Lord would have been “far better”, (1:24) and to suffer on their behalf (2:17). His manner of speech rings with affection (eg. 4:1,7,8).

What is the real win in christian life? It is relationships. Many try to complicate things by creating norms and rules, n compare our sect to other sects, who’s better than who. People claim that their sect is better because they memorize the bible and read it everyday, while others claim that they are better because they have masses, while some others claim they give more than 10% back to the Lord, and so on and so forth. They never realize that while they differentiate themselves from others, they put other people down and glorify themselves and not God. Christian life is not all about rules. It is good to have rules so that we may have some sort of order, but these rules should never be the center of everything. It’s relationship that matters most, more than anything.

Bo Sanchez humbly confessed that Light Of Jesus once had 24 rules which he set when he first started. These 24 rules were for the followers, and constituted as covenants. Among these 24 rules where praying 30 minutes per day, spending a certain amount of time reading the bible, praying the rosary daily, and other stuff. It got to a point that he himself started to be afraid of who he’s becoming. He started getting fearful of heaven, because if heaven is based on what he was teaching, heaven seemed like hell, for there was no love. That’s when he got enlightenment from God and he changed his format. We still hold a booklet, but the booklet now contains our hopes and dreams instead of the rules that we are bounded to.

Religious maturity is made up of rules, while spiritual maturity is about relationship. It is not about doing everything in the wrong way. We want to be able to read the bible because we want to, and not because we have to. We want to be able to pray lengthily out of love and not because we have to follow a rule. To be spiritually mature, one has to be filled with love, not rules. When one is filled with love, everything else follows.

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