Without Love

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:37 (NIV)

“They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!" – John 8:7 (NLT) 

“Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” – Colossians 2:8 (NLT)

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1 (NIV)

“Ms. N! Go through that door!” I called the inmate the deputy escorted down to the Clinic to be evaluated for her complaint of right wrist pain after falling from her bunk bed.

“Not yet! Rcubes!” hollered one of our medical secretaries as she pointed to the deputy talking with the Infirmary Deputy and motioned me to follow her as she needed to tell me something before seeing her.

“Just want to warn you, nurse. That she always complain about something. When she said she fell and hurt her wrist, I don’t see anything wrong with it. She’s that type who always wants something. I don’t want to do an injury report if I don’t have to,” she added.

“No problem. But it doesn’t hurt to take a look at it. Because we don’t want anything to come back to you and I just in case something gets worse. Because other problems don’t show until much later,” I replied.
She was young. Her long hair dangling as she moved forward toward the chair I told her to sit on. Everything was normal. Including her wrist. She thanked me. I showed her how ready I was to deal with any possible problem by having the cold ice pack ready. The Motrin for pain. And the flexible wrap to wrap her wrist with. But I didn’t need to give any of those. 

She was moving her wrist well. There was no swelling. There was no deformity. She never winced nor grimaced at any time. 

I sent her back to her unit with a reminder…That she could always seek help from us. In case, something might get worse. Any symptom. She thanked me. The deputy sighed with relief that she didn’t need to do any injury report.

I did my job not as a nurse. But as a Christian believer. Yes, a follower of Christ. Knowing that what His Word said, there was no bias in Him. I am not to judge whether someone has true injuries or not. 

Because it goes the same deep within. From their hearts. I am not to judge who’s got a broken heart or not. Because in reality, everyone needs help. And it’s only the healing from Christ alone that can help that heart heals. 

It is His Word that helps me deal with things that come in my way not only at my work but everywhere I go. It is good to ask myself, “What would Jesus do?” I know what Jesus does always come with love. 

Love that is…patient…Kind… Does not envy… Does not boast…It isn’t proud… Doesn’t dishonor others… Not self-seeking… Not easily angered… It keeps no record of wrongs… Love that does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth…

Always protects… Always hopes… Always perseveres…(1 Corinthians 13)

“What would you do?”

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].