I’ll be sharing about God’s love tomorrow. This would be my first time to speak for the Singles for Christ community. I’m excited and at the same time anxious… All I want is for the participants of the Christian Life Program to see how God has shown His love to me.. 🙂
I’ve been asked to speak for the community before but I have turned them down a number of times. But this time, I was the one who volunteered! Hehe… Maybe God really wants me to do this for Him.
I want to share three lessons I’ve learned about God’s love:
1. God loves you. Period. No ifs, no buts. He just loves us unconditionally.
There was a time in my life, when God gave me everything I ever asked for. In 2008, I had an overdose of God’s love. I was so blessed in my career, I finished my Master’s degree on time, I passed exams, I got hired by the company I always dreamed of entering since college, I was blessed with a part time job that paid well, I had good health, rich friendships, a happy family… and sabi ko pa kay Lord: “Lord, lubus-lubusin mo na. Give me a lovelife.” And true enough, a man came into my life with all the qualifications on my checklist. I was so happy! Everyday, I thanked the Lord for all the blessings He’s given me. I felt so undeserving. At the back of my mind, I was wondering.. “What have I done to deserve all this?” During that time it was so easy to say, “Wow, God, you love me talaga.. ”
2. God’s love moves in mysterious ways.
I was so happy until one day, I started losing the things that I thought were most valuable to me. And the first was when “Mr Right turned out to be Mr. Wrong.” I was so hurt and nagtatampo kay Lord at that time. Sabi ko, “Lord you’re so unfair! What have I done to deserve this?. Do you really love me? Coz if you do, you won’t allow me to get hurt like this!” Everything started falling apart. I rejected the offer at my “dream” company, I didn’t have a part-time job, I was hurt, confused, and I was broke. But during those times when I was at my weakest, I found strength in God, and I could feel, more than ever that He loves me. I found comfort in Him. It was then that my personal relationship with Him grew better. When everything else in my life fails and disappoints me, I knew that I could count upon His unconditional love. We may not understand how God allows us to get hurt, how these seemingly ugly pieces of the puzzle fits in our vision of a “perfect life”. But we have to trust in His love, believe that He has great plans for us, plans to save us and not to harm us, plans of a good future filled with hope. And I quote in Isaiah 55: 8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are above the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.”
3. SFC is God’s love.
I first attended the SFC CLP in 2008 but I completed it only in 2009. Why? Because in 2008, everytime I went to Socoteco, my mind was elsewhere – thinking about my world – work, career, family… Aside from that, I felt like my life was “too ordinary” compared to the lives of my groupmates. But in 2009, when I attended the CLP once again, I realized that this is one of God’s answer to my prayers. I looked forward to each Sunday, for the CLP. It was where I found comfort and an affirmation of God’s love – through the talks, sharing, and of course, the friends I’ve gained.
God really loves you and me. No doubt about it. May God be praised! 🙂
Update: A pic of me sharing about God’s love