JUSTICE AND FAITH The justice of God is not legal justice, but He sought to make us right before His eyes by winning us over in love, mercy and forgiveness. His mercy is His justice because He makes us right before Him unconditionally.
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GOD’S PLAN FOR HUMANITY REVEALED IN CHRIST Knowing God’s plan for humanity is crucial in our finding real meaning and direction in life. The Good News is that His plan, which has been kept hidden for generations, is now revealed to us in Christ. What is this mystery that has been revealed? How can this (plan) be a reality unless we, who have received the Good News of the revelation entrusted to us, announce it to the world?
THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN Why is the sin against the Holy Spirit not forgivable whereas the sin against Jesus is pardonable? When a person is blind to the truth and what is right, how could he repent? If he cannot see that what he is doing is wrong, there is no reason to change. When a person arrives at such a stage, no forgiveness is possible. It is not that God has rejected such a person, but he has rejected God and has shut Him out of His life.
FAITH IN GOD’S LOVE AND MERCY AS THE BASIS FOR LIVING AN AUTHENTIC LIFE When we live a life that aims to please others and to gain man’s favour at the expense of our authenticity, we lose our peace, because we live in constant fear of being uncovered, and even if we do succeed in deceiving others, we cannot deceive ourselves. How, then, can we overcome our fear of being who we are?
JUSTICE BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH Since the Law and the Prophets, although good, could not change the hearts of man. God chose to justify us through grace and not through the Law. This is to say that God makes us worthy by forgiving us our sins and liberating us from the power of sin through the mercy shown in Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. We cannot overcome sin by our own merits but through the merits Christ gained for us. His death and resurrection won for us our victory over sin and death and brought about the bestowal of the Holy Spirit, the power of God at work in us, helping us to overcome sin and live the life of the Spirit.
LONELINESS AND TRIALS IN THE MINISTRY Many of us are happy to share in the ministry of Jesus. But not many realize that our ministry is more than just doing good, healing people, praying over the sick or serving the poor. It calls for lots of sacrifices and adaptation. Perhaps the difficult part of being in the ministry is loneliness and abandonment. There are those who are out to oppose us for whatever reasons. There is the loneliness of having to stand up alone for what we believe. Our fellow brothers and sisters can disappoint us because they are weak and human. But God will remain our strength and refuge. We need to be patient and wait for His help.
WORSHIPPING THE CREATURE INSTEAD OF THE CREATOR What is the greatest of all sins? Is it killing, cheating, drug smuggling, sexual abuse or slandering people and destroying their reputation? None of these! All these sins are manifestations of the one sin that gives birth to all these other sins, namely, the sin of idolatry or the sin of impiety, the worship of self, of the creature rather than the worship of God. The most insidious form of idolatry is not the worship of statues but the worship of self. How is idolatry expressed in our lives?
MAKING GOOD USE OF OUR PRIVILEGES What is tragic in life is that many of us do not appreciate the privileges that God has blessed us with. We take them for granted, and because of the lack of gratitude, we do not make use of them wisely for our growth and for the good of others. This is particularly true with respect to our faith. As Christians, we have received this great privilege of faith in Christ. It entails an equal responsibility “to preach the obedience of faith to all pagan nations in honour of his name.”
GOD’S GRACE IS A GIFT AND A RESPONSIBILITY It is purely by the grace of God that we have come to know Jesus as the Saviour and Lord. We cannot go on living as if we have never met Christ or received His gospel. Our lives must be different from the rest of humanity. The gift of grace entails a corresponding responsibility. The Lord welcomes sinners into His kingdom but when we enter, we must put on Christ and become saints. Otherwise, we would have received the grace of God in vain.
LIVING A BLESSED LIFE A blessed life is dependent on how we live our lives to the fullest. It is being who we are. And who are we? We are called to be the glory of God, the dwelling place of God! A blessed life is when we become the house of God. (Like Mary), we too can live a glorious and blessed life if we allow God to rule our hearts and our minds. How is this possible?