Arms wide open

Sacrifice (/ˈsakrɪfʌɪs/): an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.

As we were studying the topic of “love is sacrifice” this past week we realized that we don’t know much about it. And we certainly don’t do it in its primary sense, as in giving up something very precious for someone else.

But God did. Jesus did. He sacrificed everything for a people so unworthy, so hardhearted and stubborn. For me, even though he knew I will not choose to follow Him on my own, that I will sin and brake His heart. God died for me in the most brutal way possible. Think of God dying…very hard to imagine isn’t it?

Not many recognize Jesus’s sacrifice. And not many know what acknowledging it will do for their lives: “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1John 4:9-10).

1 John 5:11
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

Watch the video to understand how this looks like for those who say ‘yes’ to the blood shed 2000 years ago, by Jesus on the cross.

Happy Easter!

Love is…

…a rope. I was talking to Chris the other day and we came to build up on a picture of marriage  that was really eye-opening to us. Over the last months we learned more about each other, both good and bad things. We realised that being both sinners it is really easy to let down the other person.

This led us to holdfast more unto Jesus who is perfect and will never fail us.

This picture of marriage (not that we know anything about it since we’re not in it yet :D) looks like this : the woman and the man are both standing in front of a canyon when they decide to walk together through life. Putting your trust in someone with everything you’ve got is not an easy task, and that is what marriage implies.

As the two come to the lip of the canyon it is inevitable that one of them will push the other. This might sound crazy but it is true. We disappoint, we fail, and we do mistakes that will harm the other. This is our sinful nature and we can’t avoid it. Now, once pushed the fall will be terrible, will break all that was built before it and confidence will be lost, the relationship will be under attack and it could even end.

At this point the rope comes in. The rope is Jesus! If you marry someone who has the rope, or who will accept being tied to it, falling will be another story. Yes, we will still push the other one into the pit, and yes it will hurt but the rope will keep you hanging on the cliff!! That is Jesus, it is trusting in Him, acknowledging that the person next to us is not perfect and we should not put him/her before our Lord. God will not push you off the cliff; He will always have His hands wrapped around you tightly, lovingly.

As you hang over the cliff, the person at the top will eventually realise, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that he/she harmed you. Seeing the rope tied to the waist he will start pulling you up, little by little and the harm can be undone. The rope saved the day and there is a way of putting things right again. The ascent of the one hanging will be a difficult one and also the one pulling the rope will have a hard time, because trust is hard to achieve and easy to lose. But in all this Jesus is holding you both and He will make it right again.

This is really a very important lesson (at least for me and Chris) to learn. So we work  on building our ropes ( our relationship with our Saviour, letting Him reign in our lives)  so that when we will come together in front of that cliff we will be ready. In Jesus!

So please, please if you are reading this post think twice, three times, 100 times before you even consider going into a relationship with someone who will not have a rope. God intended relationship between a man and a woman to be a blessed one, a loving one but apart from Him all is in vain.

Ladies, WHO are you following?

Honor. Not a word that is very fashionable nowadays. We only think of it as used in movies and history books to describe heroes that fight for their honor or their country’s honor.

Not to many people would think of this word to describe themselves…why is that?

I want to address the ladies especially because of a very recent experience I had. It is very sad every time I see girls/women throwing their dignity to the dumps by the way they talk, act and dress. You can see it everyday, everywhere you turn. This is all that sin did to the wonderful creation that God put in the first woman in Eden. After He finished creating man and woman God said that “it was very good”. But it didn’t last long…

What makes me worry is that a lot of Christian girls/ women cannot make a difference between God’s way and the world’s way of  being a woman and acting like one. If you are one of them and reading this you know very well what the Bible says about treasuring our body and our soul.

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

When I log into Facebook I come across more and more girls that I know to be Christian who are careless of what photos they publish. Half naked, low necklines, short skirts showing shamelessly their bodies to whoever wants to watch them. You might say: it’s ok cause only my friends can see them! Exactly!! How are you a light leading to Jesus by doing that?

Me and Chris went personally through this. He recently told me that he struggles when he goes onto Facebook and that he finds it hard not to go and watch pictures of “girl friends” that upload pictures of themselves. He confessed it to me and we prayed about it. A few days ago he permanently deleted his account… I can’t really tell you how hard this situation was on me as we both had to see what this does to our relationship.

Now, most of the girls say: it’s his fault because he’s addicted, or he lusts. But let me remind you of this verse: “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man (woman in this case) through whom they come!” (Matthew 18:7) If you put that picture, you start the chain. And you are not confessing God through this but making others to stumble and fall into sin – “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).You are also ripping your dignity and your chance of a godly man to see you as pure and to treasure you for who you are. Keep hold of your honor!

So please, for the love of you brothers in Christ, girls revise your attitude and your heart. Who are you following? The world or the One who died for you?

Strive for this: 1 Timothy 2:9-10
“I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. “