I know a friend who has gone through a lot. We all heard the Bible verse: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13). I see my friend is and has been doing that. Laying down one’s life’s meaning isn’t bound to just literally dying to save others. It is more than that. She demonstrates that. Daily. When she chose to care for her nephews who lost their mother (her only sibling) at an early age. She chose to do that over her needs, to care for her aging parent now. She sacrificed her life for the sake of her loved ones or friends who are in need. She did that, out of love. Even if she doesn’t talk much about God, I know deep in my heart, she continues to demonstrate the love of God that is in her heart. She always chooses to forgive despite the “unlovable” doing mean things to her. No one sees that. I see that. I know she doesn’t go with the flow of what this world’s standard dictates. No matter how hurtful the words were thrown at her. No matter how negative others perceive of her sacrificial love, she shows how much she loves them all and readily forgives the ones who offend her. That’s not easy. To forgive. But to know when to give that to one who doesn’t deserve and expect nothing back, that is a kind of love from above. Love surely depends on forgiveness. I just pray, today, as she goes to help someone out again, no matter how much this person disrespects her sometimes and utter hurtful things to her, that those people around her will truly know the true beauty that is in her heart. Because from the garden in her heart, she offers the tree of love bearing fruits of forgiveness.  A lot of work on her part, but so easy for those surrounding her. All they need to do…is to realize and accept…

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. – Micah 7:18 (NIV)

But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.- Matthew 6:15 (ESV)

Lord, I pray for T. who will undergo a heart procedure today. May it go well under Your Hands. In reality, we all need a heart surgery as well, Lord. Search our hearts and remove anything that hinders our walk with You. Lord, may our roots go down deeper in Your grounds of Love. So that we may bear fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  humility, and self-control. I ask that You guide K. and give her Your wisdom, discernment, healing, and provisions for all of her needs. Thank You Lord for Your grace, mercy, forgiveness and for Who You truly are. Help us Lord to have Your strength in all areas of our lives especially the ability to forgive readily and love those who are hard to love. Help us remember that none of us deserve Your forgiveness yet You chose to love us first. Thank You Lord.
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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].