Monday, May 31, 2010

THE SERMON ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMAN LIFE

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Last Sunday, my family attended our Sunday service at the DUMC church, Section 13, Petaling Jaya. 

The sermon for the week was centred on the importance of human life, which made us so excited to share with you. Its importance was well entrenched in the Scriptures as follows:-
1. Life comes from God and belongs to God (Genesis 2:7). 

Here, you may able to see the rationale why many countries are moving away from death penalty for serious crimes. This move has been advocated by the International Human Rights Association and the voice has been well accepted worldwide. Their arguments is in line with Scripture. 

Second issue is involved with greater sensitivity on the status of abortion. Here, it is very much dependent on the circumstances. If it is life threatening to the mother, then the case may be treated differently. Similarly treatment should be also extended to rape victims. Their choice of keeping the baby is dependent on the mother's will. They can choose to give the baby up for adoption after the delivery.


2.  Human beings are made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26,27)

God appointed human beings to be the trustee for all other creations on earth. As such, human beings is God's treasure.

3. In our body is the precious life-blood which God puts in us. (Genesis 9:5,6)

One thing is certain that no matter how advance is our technology, we cannot produce anything identical to the nature. For instance synthetic rubber is not as hard as the natural rubber. Worst still, scientists cannot produce blood and that is why all hospitals frequently ask the donors to step forward to donate blood whenever the blood bank runs low, despite we have entered into 21 century.

4. We do not have the ability to reproduce human lives that are eternal. 

We cannot produce blood through our own invention, nor can we reproduce human beings in the laboratory. We are very certain that we cannot do this in the future as well.

5. Inherent in every human being is the potential to change the world for good.

This is something very great that the Mighty God has given to all human beings: the ability to cope with changes for good. This attribution is solely contributed by God to human beings with the following features:-

1. Rationality - this enable us to use this to the maximum for the good of human beings through our brain - the great gift from God.

2. Morality - God calls the shot and not anyone of us. In this connection, He gave us His Word. Everything and anything should be looked upon from His perspective.

3. Creativity - Inherited from Him so that we can use our creativity to cope with the changes and for our good.

4. Eternity - no matter what, our hearts always long for Him.

5. Personal - so that human can build relationship with God directly. We will step forward to be His witnesses from generations to generations so as to glorify Him, and not us.


Hope the above discussion has given you an insight of the importance of human lives. We also pray to Him that He will reveal to us should we have any different interpretation. We pray in His wonderful name. Amen. 

  
Your Chief Servant,

James Oh

Founder and Group CEO

Skype me at james.oh18

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Seed

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Below is the story I received from Mr Yeow, and I fiau

A successful business man was growing old and
knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children,
he decided to do something different. He called all the young
executives in his company together.

He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I
have decided to choose one of you.
"The young executives were Shocked, but the boss continued. "I am
going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED.
I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year
from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you.
I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will
be the next CEO."

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others,
received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.
She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.
Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had
grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to
talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.
Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.
By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a
plant and he felt like a failure.
Six months went by -- still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had
killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had
nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however... He just
kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to
grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company
brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.
Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot.
But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to
his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his
life, but he knew his wife was right.
He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was
amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They
were beautiful -- in all shapes and sizes.
Jim put his empty pot on the floor and
many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and
flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be
appointed the next CEO!"

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his
empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the
front.
Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a
failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his
seed - Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and
then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief
Executive Officer! His name is Jim!"
Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed.

"How could he be the new CEO?" the others said.

Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a
seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it
back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it
was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.
When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another
seed for the one I gave you.
Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot
with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief
Executive Officer!"

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust

* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends

* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness

* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment

* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective

* If you plant hard work, you will reap success

* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

* If you plant faith in God , you will reap a harvest

So, be careful what you plant now;
it will determine what you will reap later..



"Whatever You Give To Life, Life Gives You Back"

Friday, May 28, 2010

Being Christian..


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test!

Always be on guard -- and remember -- you carry the name of Jesus Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself "Christian .'

Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

So

Stay FAITHFUL and Be GRATEFUL!

James Oh 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Being Christian...

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Do read and ponder...
 
Several years ago, a priest was transferred  to a distant village church in his diocese.   Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his church to the nearest town. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.
     As he considered what to do, he told himself,  'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.'
Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company makes huge profits; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.' 

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here, you gave me too much change. '

 The driver, with a smile, replied, 'You are the new priest in the village, right?'

 'Yes' he replied.

 'Well, I have lately been thinking a lot about going somewhere to pray. I just wanted to see what you would do if  I  gave you extra change. You'll see me at church on Sunday.'

 When the priest stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said,  'Oh God, I almost sold You for a quarter!'

Sunday, May 23, 2010

GOD'S GRACE - MY REAL EXPERIENCE

Dear all Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Today, I just shared with another new Christian friend, Mr. Ho, I met yesterday. In our conversation, somehow we spoke about my still born child case which happened more than a decade ago. As a result, I took a legal suit against the private hospital, doctors and everyone  involved in that incident, which I filed in two years later after I gathered all the correspondence and reports from them. 

However, due to numerous reasons, such as misplaced files - according to my lawyer and the case was delayed for nearly a decade. I  patiently waited and in the years I completed my legal studies. One day before the hearing date, I received a shock reply from my lawyer, who withdrew from representing my wife.  I was at loss and pray to God. He came to rescue me and related the whole incident on how His son, who is innocent but yet prosecuted by human beings- His own creation. He showed  me how He exercised His Grace through the whole incident which made me truly apprehensive. He, being Sovereign and Mighty God yet do not exercise His authority to kill those people, who prosecuted His Son- Jesus Christ, when He has justification to do so. But He decided otherwise.

Second point is that He revealed to me that if He opted to destroy all these people, He is no better than human beings, who will normally behave in this manner. In my child's case, I was the key witness at the whole scene from 6:00pm till the early morning of the following day. During that day, so many unbearable mistakes were made by the hospital staff, who even over-ruled my suggestion of requesting to inform the gynaecologist much earlier. As a result of such delay, my child was dead 10-20 minutes before birth, which left a vertical scar of more than 6 inches at her stomach. They all expressed their condolence to me and assured me that they have done every possible means and their best to save my child, which I totally can't accept. I disagree with their explanation. Sorry for me to say so, but I have to tell you the truth and my real feeling at that time.

Lots of inconsistency were found in the written reports I received from the gynaecologist, the expert's opinion and the domestic enquiry committee which made me doubtful of these reports. However, God's grace that I received made me withdraw the case.

Today, we share with you the real experiencethat illustrate how powerful is His grace that changed me so much. It was better to surrender this heavy burden to His shoulders, who will deliver justice accordingly. Prior to this, I must confess that I was very emotional and full of anger when I touched on this incident. I have to admit that partially it is my fault for suggesting this so called "better equipped" private hospital which I believed in, but turned out to totally different in our experience. 

The lengthy time taken in locating the machine is obviously a  negligent  act in view of my wife pregnancy situation, even normal people can sense that urgency. However, the senior mid wife, which I cannot understand at all thoughts otherwise without assigning any reason. At the day of discharge, they dispensed the wrong medicine to my wife, which they explained that the medicine is only vitamins. Luckily, another patient's husband discovered the mistake and informed me to rectify the error. This has been furnished in one of their written explanation. To me, what is the point of consulting a doctor, and not taking the medicine the doctor prescribed. The more I think about it - they really insulted me in every aspect. However, God's grace again came into the picture. He requested me to forgive them for their foolishness.    

He further convinced me that He is in control of everything. He who gives life to every creation has every right to call them back at anytime for His purpose - meant for good. Just trust Him and continuously walk by faith, and not by sight. now, this event does not hurt me any longer.

The above incident turned out to be an excellent illustration to me as how powerful is God's grace and I write to share with you the way  God has touched me in this connection. 

So, do not use any unfortunate event as an excuse to abandon Him, but submit to him more so that He can reveal the truth to you.  The same way He has been taken through.  

Your Chief Servant,

James Oh

Founder and Group CEO

Skype me at james.oh18

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

GIVING IS RECEIVING

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


He knows this equation is only illogical to our minds,
but is also contrary to the way we normally think;
Wouldn't we agree that He does what He preaches;
Despite He is our Sovereign King
He operates by Grace and not solely by law

Tell us what is not given by Him
Name me one if you can
Ask yourself who creates the universe
And imagine what if all the planets disobey His commands
What will happen to us

Even though we are created small
He is inside us and will always being blessed us with a brain and soul
Which can be as Mighty as Him
If we submitted to Him wholeheartedly
This is not something new to us
Scripture well substantiate this truth

See how He shapes the earth according to His will
And not our will
He does not even has to touch us
But our action destroyed ourselves
This point in case is well proven in Scripture

So, do not be foolish
Just submit yourself to Him
So that you can receive precious gifts from Him
Which can make you move the mountain
So long as you obey His will
and not your will

So give your old self and receive new self from Him
Which is far greater than your old self
That why we say Giving is Receiving.
You must get it right
Because it is the Truth.

Giving is receiving

Here, we invite artists, producers and those who are keen to work with us to hit in a big scale, on commercial basis, so as to create a huge impact to lift people up. Then please email to jamesoh2003@yahoo.co.uk or skype me at james.oh18.

Please help us to spread the news. Thank you in advance,


James Oh
Founder and Group CEO
http://liftyouup.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 15, 2010

COME TO HIM BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

Hi! Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Let us sing the song below:-

COME TO HIM BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

You will never know for sure when your time is up
Because He, the one who creates you, control everything
So, do not risk your soul
Don't be blinded by your flesh
Look around for all the indicators
Which is so glaringly obvious pointing towards Him

He has done everything for you
There is no excuse for you
Because there are an abundance of evidence
So, come to Him voluntarily;

He will honour every  Word of His despite He is Sovereign
His Word will never change over time
He will never take back the free will He has given you even though He has all the authority to do so

He has given you the precious gifts out of His grace
Which none of us is qualify for them
No wonder He will never reject or abandon anyone of us
He who creates the Heaven and earth know how you think and react
Because He is inside you

So repent and submit to Him
Let Him guide you along
Because He knows the way

Come to Him and let Him lead
Through Him everything is complete with joy

You are rest assured that you will not add any value to Him
Don't be foolish; come and ask for His wisdom
He will be more than happy to give you
What you need to do is to believe in Him wholeheartedly

This is because He knows that you cannot add value t by your own capability;
This is the truth; and He is not belittling you
So come to Him


Here, we invite artists, producers and those who are keen to work with us to hit in a big scale, on commercial basis, so as to create a huge impact to lift people up. Then please email to jamesoh2003@yahoo.co.uk or skype me at james.oh18.

Please help us to spread the news. Thank you in advance,

Thank you and look forward to hear from you soon,


James Oh

Founder and Group CEO

http://liftyouup.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 13, 2010

COME AND RECEIVE HIM

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May we present our fist composed song to you.


He has given us two ears;
Yet at times we refused to listen to His Word,
We chose to listen to our word;

He has given us a mouth
Yet we refused to preach His word;
But we preach our word.

He has given us two eyes
We refused to see His creation
Yet we prefer to see our own creation.

He builds Mansion waiting for us
But we prefer to build our own mansion.

That's why we can not understand Him
Who has done everything for us

We choose not to appreciate Him
Instead we will blame Him instead
But we take His credit as ours

Despite hurting Him severely
He still never change His love for us.
He is waiting at the finish line for
Those who chose to believe Him

So, please come and receive Him
Before it is too late
It is only one way ticket
You will have one day to return

So come and receive Him Now,
However you are always welcome at any time
You choose your time
Please come and receive Him

Here, we invite artists, producers and those who are keen to work with us to hit in a big scale, on commercial basis, so as to create a huge impact to lift people up. Then please email to jamesoh2003@yahoo.co.uk or skype me at james.oh18.
Please help us to spread the news. Thank you in advance,

Thank you and look forward to hear from you soon,




James Oh

Founder and Group CEO

http://liftyouup.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ENTREPRENEUR THROUGH SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Hi! Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is my pleasure to see you again. Thank you for all the support that you have shown. Your desire to be rewarded more is clearly noted.

As such, I am more than happy to share with you the following message. I strongly believe that the Lord wants to use me in a bigger way. He reveals to me that national progress is in the hands of Entrepreneurs as they are the pillars to the nation's progress. They are not only the goods and services providers to the people, but they are also the people who shape, drive the economy so as to achieve sustainable economic growth by creating more employment opportunities for the people. As it is not feasible for the government to fund and manage every industry, therefore the government needs to work hand in hand with these entrepreneurs to develop both small and large scale industries to accelerate the economic growth.  I also need to make this clear to you that Entrepreneurship is not everyone's cup of tea. He reveals to me that I have certain qualities to be a successful entrepreneur, because I allowed Him to fulfill me and I believe in Him. I am fully aware that this is not my work, but His. He also reveals to me that when He opens the door, no one can shut it. Similarly, when He closes the door, no one can open it. That urges me to declare, lately, officially broadcasted on my blog to the whole world at large that I am a Technopreneur.

He reveals to me, through His Word, the qualities required to make a SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur, that required His servant to join hand with me to serve Him instead of just taking a back seat. We, Christians ought to shine, because He is inside us.

Creativity:

Creativity means the ability of bringing something new into existence in the public perspective. It can be anything and everything. The beauty of this is that there is no limit or boundary to it. Freedom need to be given so as to give the thinker a chance to create new items, which can be anything and everything. As such to be a successful entrepreneur, he needs to be creative. This point has been well proven in mankind's history, which needs no further elaboration. That is why God's creation is unique and distinct from others even if they are twins. That's why He has given us a powerful brain.

Innovation:

Innovation is another important pillar supporting entrepreneurship regardless of the field the individual  is involved in. An innovative entrepreneur creates a resource.  Because of his overwhelming passion, he can overcome any obstacle that comes along. His innovative ways will enable him to circumvent all obstacles which an ordinary person would not be able to do. That is why entrepreneurs always hold themselves responsible for their own future. As a result, they are able to sustain and maintain themselves throughout the journey without feeling the unbearable pain, very different from the ordinary person. They enjoy their enterprise no matter how tough it is and they do not need to be pushed by others. It comes naturally and they respond to it in a very positive manner, without regrets. It is, at times very difficult to describe in words unless you really go through such an experience. Sweet and rewarding for those who have made it. From the bible, it well demonstrates this point in case. No further elaboration is required.

Dynamism

An entrepreneur needs to be dynamic, so to speak, because of its nature of work the entrepreneur is involved in.  A dynamic entrepreneur is a problems solver and always seeks for challenges that make their lives more exciting and rewarding as well. He always seek solutions to the problems/difficulties so as to make thing better in term of its features, function and etc..In short, to make the world a better place to live in. They love challenges as they know that challenges will make them progress. Therefore, you can see that they need to have interest and passion in that enterprise and not necessary focus solely on generating more money for themselves alone.  A dynamic entrepreneur always seeks better ways of doing things in a more effective and efficient manner. They rely on the tested and proven formula that makes everyone involved be in a win-win situation. They consistently evolved through time, just like the way you start peddling your bicycle. We need to learn from nature, which is there to guide and lead us, and not through our work. This is because none of us can add value to it according to the Scripture.

Quality Leadership:

Leadership forms one of the most important ingredients because he needs to gain respect from others so as to lead the way in an effective manner. Time will tell his true quality of leadership. In fact, you can see his leadership when you walk into his office. His leadership will be reflected in his daily life and action, in how he manages the affairs, no matter how he conceals it.  Good entrepreneur is also a good student, who has a desire to upgrade himself in any area so long as it can make him progress further and further, so as to stay ahead in the field he is in. He enjoys healthy competition because this is the way which can drive him to progress further. He is a no nonsense person who always constantly give his best shot and never give excuses. His quality of leadership will be clearly reflected throughout every aspect of task handling, problem solving and confronting issues in daily life. He is truly efficient and effective. An enterprise with excellent leadership is always prominent and highly demanded in the market worldwide. People such as Moses, King David, King Solomon etc and JESUS CHRIST.. well illustrate the quality of servant leadership required.

Team Builder in nature:

An entrepreneur recognised and acknowledged the fact that he cannot act alone, he needs to build team to sustain the growth of his enterprise.  As such, an entrepreneur forms group of individuals with common purpose to drive them to stay focus on their BIG goals and not the problem.  They build network and continue to support each member with dedication, commitment, energy and innovation. Again,this well illustrate No one can achieve success by himself alone.

Firm and Decisive:

These qualities make them distinct from the rest. Usually they are far sighted, have clear defined mission and vision. They are able to stand against all odds. An entrepreneur makes firm decisions because they know what they are doing, they foresee the challenges in advance, therefore they are able to take the right wave of the uncertainty that ordinary people would otherwise missed. That is the great difference and always makes them look forward, which normal people may view as high risk. They are versatile people and they know how to manoeuvre so as to climb higher. Even if there is a fall, in ordinary person's view, they viewed it as a temporary set back and they are able to capture this adversity to make themselves better than their initial position.  An entrepreneur starts with a completely new activity and he may either succeed or fail. Here, an entrepreneur usually takes a calculated risk of the above factors mentioned above.

Commitment:

Similar to any other type of adventure, an entrepreneur is usually a person with high commitment, has strong dedication and will power. They want to play the winning game that requires patience, they endure whatsoever obstacles that come along their journey. And they know that the resistance is there to shape them to build their inner muscles to overcome much bigger obstacles as they move to higher levels of success. Their desire will not lack fuel because they draw these energies from various invisible sources, given from the above.

Communication Ability:

Good entrepreneur is also an excellent communicator who can convey his message precisely and accurately so that his team members know what he really means and work hand in hand to support him to move to the next level of success. They have "authority" that comes with strong persuasive power to align his teams to flow with him in the same direction. They need to do it in a very transparent manner that requires high integrity to earn the trust and confidence from their team members. Their team members will not only listen to them but will respond accordingly with full confidence. This is they listen to their inner voice and not their own voice.

IN this connection, you may contact me should you really want to commit yourself to join us to chart your own path of success. You may either furnish me your contact, via comment. Alternatively, you may drop me an email at jamesoh2003@yahoo.co.uk.

Thank you for your precious time and looking forward to hearing from you,

Your Chief Servant,

James Oh

Founder and Group CEO
http://liftyouup.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

EXTEND YOUR HANDS TO US, PLEASE

Dear Loving Brothers and Sisters in Christ,





America in Deep shit;
We heard your voice even you don't cry out;
We wanted to let you know you are not alone;
The rests of the world is trying hard to reach you


America, you are not fighting alone;
We want you to continuously lead;
This set back is not the edge;
But it is a turning point;
And it meant to make you stronger;


The rest of the world will never abandon you
America, America, America
We heard your voice
That's why we are trying to reach you


We know that you are hiding away from us
Nevertheless we keep on trying all feasible means to reach you
We just want to let you know that we will never give up hope to reach you
We know you will keep on trying to hide away from us


We know how you react, and the pains you are suffering
Even though you hide from us
We never blame you
But don't belittle us although we are not so big as you think
But our heart and voice is overwhelmingly BIG


Even you reject us thousands times
We wouldn't feel the pains contrary to your view
That's why we still have the energy to keep on  reaching you
Even when you keep on running away from us


What we need from you is
You extend your hands to us
We are willing to hold your hands to walk through the journey with you


That is our commitment and we will do it wholeheartedly
We will gather those liked minded people
To sing this song and continue to sing this song over and over
Until and unless you extend your hands to us


We know how you think
We are not irritating you, as you perceived;
We know that is not your fault
But we can't leave you;
Ignore or abandon you


This is because we care and are concern for you
That's why we ask you to extend your hands to us
So that we can reach you


We will not give up and will continue to sing this song
Until and unless you extend your hand to us.






Here, we invite artists, producers and those who are keen to work with us to hit in a big scale, on commercial basis, so as to create a huge impact to lift people up. Then please email to jamesoh1003@yahoo.co.uk or skype me at james.oh18.

Please help us to spread the news. Thank you in advance,

Thank you and look forward to hear from you soon,

Before you leave this blog, please click at the title of this article to view the first draft of the song being blogged at the website of famous author, Miss Lilous Mace.

Thank you for your precious time and wish you a fulfilling weekend.



James OH

Sunday, May 9, 2010

FAITH IN ACTION


LOGO DESIGN AND THEME CONTEST FOR "LIFT YOU UP"

USD 30 WILL BE GIVEN TO THE WINNER OF THE ABOVE CONTEST

(Please forward via comment AND the Winner will be broadcasted here ) 


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Happy day to you,

 We are pleased to inform you that there is an meaningful event held at :-

Date:
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Time:
11:00am - 9:00pm
Location :
  Rumah Sayangan, Charis Christian Centre

Description

Anyone who keens to participate in the above event please contact the person below:-
 
There are about 18 children are going.

They are going to provide lunch, with the collection from each participant. Per person is RM30.00. However, you are welcome to donate more if you wish to.

Please ring either for a reservation.

Eileen : 012 686 0206
Jessicca : 012 296 5880

Thanks and have a fulfilling day,

God bless,

James Oh
Thanks for your precious time and your kind support is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

GIVE GOD YOUR HURTS

Hi! Brothers and Sisters,
Recently, I received a article, Daily Hope, written by Rick Warren who is also the author of several Purpose Driven devotionals, from the group member, after we talked about the difficulty to practise forgiveness in our previous bible study class.

Below is the author's wonderful article.



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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Give God your hurts
by Rick Warren
If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done. Matthew 6:14-15 (TEV)
"If somebody hurt you, let go of it, release them. That's one of the values of prayer. It helps you unload."
In your life, you will be hurt by others; sometimes intentionally; sometimes unintentionally.  How you handle that hurt determines your happiness. 

When you bottle up hurt in your life and hold onto it - that is called           resentment.  If somebody hurt you years ago and you're still holding onto it, it will poison your life.  For your own health and happiness, you must learn to forgive.               

The Bible says forgive and be forgiven. In fact, Jesus says "if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done." (Matthew 6:15, TEV) They're inter-related.
It reminds me of the story - when someone told John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, "I just can't forgive that person!  They hurt me too badly." Wesley's response was, "Then I hope you never           sin." 

For your own sake, let go of the past.  If somebody hurt you, let go of it, release them. That's one of the values of prayer.  It helps you unload. Forgiveness is the only way to get rid of the past.  Forgive them and let it go.  Get on with life.  Forgiveness erases the videotape of that hurt memory that keeps playing over and over in your mind. 

In my own marriage, the times I've felt closest to Kay, the times of most intimacy and oneness, have been times after a major blow-up.  We've worked the thing through; we've both confessed to each other and asked forgiveness; and then we pray together.  The oneness that comes out of that kind of experience just can't be explained.

When we let go of our hurts and forgive others we are reflecting the grace of our heavenly Father, who forgave us and continues to forgive us. It means we've given God our love; we've given God our lives; and, in doing that, we worship God.

In this connection, I must confess that if you let resentment rule your life. It will poison your life. I recalled when I let go of those involved in my still born child after I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. He revealed to me vividly why Our Heavenly Father never uses force to punish those who crucified His begotten son on the cross. Imagine being the Mighty and Sovereign is very much easier to justify His action to destroy them. His choice of forgiving them gains my respect. Otherwise, He is no better than any man, who will choose the latter which is very natural. I do not need to elaborate any further because there are tons of evidences to support this course of action. 

I still recall when every time this incident emerges, I felt very emotional and raise my voice to relate that incident. I even went to the extent of bringing those involved to court despite the case was delayed for more than 10 years. It really bottle up hurt in my life for that length of period. 

Since after I let go and forgive those people, I manage to get on with my life, the way the author describe. I also can vouch that forgiveness will erase the videotape of that hurt memory that keeps playing over and over in my mind. I am able to do it, through His grace I received from Him. I can say that it is because I choose to believe in Him. My intention to share it with you again because I want to glorify Him and others whom I have been benefiting from all these while. I also know that they do not expect any return from me, the same way I did for others. 

Thanks for your time and effort to read this article. Please do share with others who you care for. 

Wishing you a happy life.


James Oh

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