What Would Jesus Do?

    Emotion (noun): a strong feeling such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear

    Emotions tend to control our life. Wherever we go, we always feel something and that shouldn’t be avoided. It’s important to feel in order to live. Without emotions, life is bland, but sometimes,  it can all get a bit too much.

    Our emotions change on an daily basis. One moment, we could be laughing and the next moment, we could be bawling our eyes out. When we are faced with a difficult situation, our emotions take over our mind and we feel like we can’t do anything about them. We feel overwhelmed and powerless. As much as we shouldn’t hide from our feelings, they occasionally lie to us and push us to do unreasonable things. When we let them do the driving, we tend to act on our impulses and make big mistakes. We make decisions based on what we feel rather than what’s true. Not everyone is perfect and we all can be a bit careless sometimes.

    When we are going through a tough and challenging time in our lives, it’s important to learn how to control our emotions. Why? If we don’t, we will most likely explode and make wrong decisions. We may even hurt some of the people we love. For us to be able to control our emotions, we need wisdom. Wisdom is knowing, loving, and obeying God’s Word and applying that knowledge to make good decisions. God gave us emotions so that we could be more sensitive to the needs of others. He tells us to be patient and we must take our time while making decisions. Patience is the key to controlling our emotions. A patient person will welcome whatever difficulties are given to him and allow them to perfect his character. We should always pray, ask God for wisdom and patience to make the right choices.

    We shouldn’t also forget that Jesus faced the same challenges we face. The devil still pulls the same tricks and Jesus had to deal with them as well. He knows what we feel. He knows our feelings and He can be trusted with them. Before making decisions, big or small, we must ask this important question. What would Jesus do? He had the same feelings we did, but He never sinned because of them. When we are faced with tough decisions to make, we should always keep in mind that Jesus is here to help us. He’s always available when we need Him and He will always show us what we should do.

The Fall

   You might be wondering what I’m talking about. Falling from a bike? Falling from a tree? Actually, it’s neither of those. What I’m talking about has caused pain for us humans. Yes, falling from a bike or a tree can give the same feeling, but it’s not as great as the pain that is caused by the Fall.

   What is it then? The Fall is the moment sin entered God’s Creation. It was the moment Adam and Eve bit from a fruit of the forbidden tree. That’s when everything changed when sin entered the world.

    “It’s all Adam and Eve’s fault! All pain and hardships on this earth wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for them,” we say. That’s actually one of the consequences of the Fall. Humans started pointing fingers at others because we are afraid of punishment.  We started blaming one another to avoid taking responsibility for our own actions. We also aren’t able to walk or talk face-to-face with the Lord anymore.

   Now that we know what happened when disharmony or sin entered God’s Creation, what do you think would life be like when the Fall didn’t happen? What wouldn’t exist? Ever since we learned about it, my mom, my sister, and I keep having sudden conversations about this. Quite a few examples are listed below.

    Dermatologists, doctors, and dentists wouldn’t exist. Why? Before the Fall, we never felt ashamed of ourselves. We never felt like we needed to change a part of our body. We were satisfied with the way we looked. Doctors and dentists wouldn’t also exist because sicknesses never existed before sin entered God’s Creation. We were a healthy bunch! For example, eyeglasses and braces won’t have to be a part of this world! Wouldn’t that be nice?

    Wars, murder, crime, guns, knives, and rape. When you read those words, what do you think of? What do you feel? Don’t you feel terrible? Why do those have to exist? Why can’t we all get along? What causes those? Arguments, hate, and anger. Before the Fall, humans never fought with other humans. We were all at ease with one another. Before sin entered Creation, the world was a peaceful place.

    This may be out of the blue, but history books wouldn’t exist either. Why? What do you usually read about? Wars and death, right? Those never existed before the Fall. If sin never entered the Earth, no one would die. No one would fight and kill each other. No one would even have to make weapons just to use them against those who are like themselves.

    What you’ve read is just the tip of the iceberg. In my mind, there’s a list of things that wouldn’t exist if the Fall didn’t happen although I have a question.

Would countries exist?

    What purpose do countries serve? They separate the citizens from other surrounding countries, right? If the Fall never happened, we’d all be united. We would all be at peace with one another. We won’t need to separate ourselves from others.

    You might be wondering if our lives would be like this for the rest of our lives. No! Someone important is going to return to the world. His name is Jesus. All we have to do is accept Him, talk to Him, and…

Trust Him.

“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace”

– John Lennon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVg2EJvvlF8 – Imagine by John Lennon

Kaaway: Mamahalin o Kamumuhian

Paano mo mamahalin ang mga kaaway mo?

    Sinabi mismo ng Diyos na dapat mahalin ang mga kaaway natin. Syempre, mahirap gawin iyon dahil kaaway nga natin sila! Paano ba pwedeng gawin yun?

    Para sa akin, maraming beses na nainis o nagalit na ako sa isang tao. Minsan, gusto kong sumigaw pero di ko ginawa. Bakit? Alam kong magiging mas malala ang gulo. Hindi na ako nagsasalita ngunit nagdadasal na lang ako. Nananalangin ako sa Diyos na mapigilan ko ang galit o inis ko sa isang tao. Pagkatapos ng ilang minuto, mas masaya na ako!

    Paano ba nagkaganito ang paksang ito? Ngayon na 2nd Year High School ako, pinagpag-aralan ko ang Florante at Laura. Si Konde Adolfo ang kalaban ni Florante sa libro at mayroong masamang ginawa si Adolfo kay Florante. Kinuha niya ang mahal ni Florante, si Laura, at itinali niya si Florante sa puno sa gubat na madilim at mapanglaw. Wala pa ako sa kalahati ng libro pero umaasa ako na patatawarin ni Florante si Adolfo imbis na magalit pa.


     Nagkaroon ka na ba ng pagkakataong pagtaksilan mo ang isang tao? Ako ay wala pa. Sa Ibong Adarna, mayroon akong alam na mga tauhang nagtaksil. Sinu-sino ang mga iyon? Sila ay sina Don Juan at ang mga kapatid niyang sina Don Pedro at Don Diego. 
     Ano ang ginawa nila? Pinagtaksilan ni Don Juan ang dalawang magkapatid na sina Donya Juana at Prinsesa Leonora. Sinabi ni Don Juan na si Donya Juana ang kanyang mahal. Noong nakita niya si Prinsesa Leonora, gayun din ang sinabi niya sa kanya. Ano naman ang nangyari kina Don Pedro at Don Diego? Noong pababa si Don Juan sa balon, pinutol nila ang lubid ni Don Juan. Bakit? Naiinggit silang dalawa sa tagumpay niya. 
     Ano kaya ang mangyayari kapag nalaman ni Don Juan ang ginawa ng mga kapatid niya sa kanya? Ano naman kaya mangyayari kapag nalaman nina Donya Juana and Prinsesa Leonora ang ginawa ni Don Juan sa kanila? Kapag nalaman ko na may isang taong nagtaksil sa akin, mawawala ang tiwala ko sa kanya. Maaring hindi din kami maging magkaibigan ulit. Kung sa tingin mo ay magiging mas madali ang buhay kapag pinagtaksilan mo ang isang tao, kabaligtaran ang pwedeng mangyari. Kung nalaman ng maraming tao ang ginawa mo, pwede kang iwanan at mawawala ang mga kaibigan mo. Mas masama kung malalaman ng pamilya mo ang pagtataksil mo dahil papagalitan ka nila at pwede kang palayasin. 
     Dapat huwag natin gawin ang pagtataksil. Kahit na maaring itago ito, nakikita pa rin ng Diyos ang mga kilos natin. Ang ating mga gawain ay dapat mahusay at mabuti sa mga mata ng mga tao at lalong lalo na sa Diyos mismo.