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Live by Faith, NOT by Fear

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” 

It is 11am and I can’t concentrate on my pending tasks. My mind and heart are at sorrow because of so much persecution from people I love and cherish. At the same time, I feel blessed and somehow, I expected this will happen as a journey my new life with Christ.

Ever since the homosexuality issue arose, Manny Pacquiao has always been bold about his opinion based on Bible and his faith in Jesus. As a new person in Christ, I felt I needed to express my thought. With no hesitation, I agreed with Pacquiao’s point of view – that he is against same sex marriage. 

Perhaps, he wanted to convey the message from Bible, it’s just that he used terminologies which violated morality of others. Thus, Manny humbled himself and apologized for words he uttered. Yet, he stand on his belief based on an existing law from God. And I admire him for that.

Likewise, I don’t condemn homosexuals because I was ONCE like them, rather, I condemn the SIN. I have gay and lesbian friends as well, which I maintain a close relationship with. However, as a Christian, I abide by the law and commandments of God. As written on New Testament, 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10…

Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortioners, will inherit the Kingdom of God.

Clearly, just like any other sin, homosexuality – same sex union / marriage is not pleasing on the eyes of our Lord. But because Jesus died in the cross, He brought grace and salvation. He sacrificed His life so we can have a personal relationship with His Father, God. All we have to do is just REPENT and ask for God’s FORGIVENESS THROUGH CHRIST. And this is exactly what I did, I repent, I asked for forgiveness and then, I became a NEW person in Him. By becoming Jesus follower, I had to undergo discipline and pain. Nevertheless, it is temporary and it made my relationship with Christ stronger.

Despite His love for us, He hates our sins. He condemns our sin. He rebukes the enemy on us. He disciplines us, and makes us a NEW PERSON in His Son. If we have the same love for God and His Son, Jesus, we will also rebuke the sin. We will not be conformed in this world or desires of the flesh, rather, we will obey the law and His commandments.

I am not perfect, I am a sinner just like everyone. But I try to stand on what is right and abide in God’s law. Moreover, I practice love for one another as this is Jesus greatest commandment. That is why I am here NOT to shove my belief, NOR force, rather I’d like to help my brothers and sisters who want to have Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

Remember friends, God and Jesus is ONE. Thus, He is the same, today and tomorrow, and His laws will never remain the same, now and forever. 

God bless us all! 

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