25 January 2019 Word by Senior Pastor Rev Alicia Teo

Today's Inspiration: Life is full of uncertainties. It is no wonder that Jesus rebuked the rich man for keeping on building new barns instead of building His Kingdom. Jesus challenged us to let our light so shine before men that they may see our Good works and glorify our Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16.

The Gospel challenged us to meet people where they are hurting, is a vital aspect of our call to reflect God to the society in which we live and the single word that describes the gospel message is forgiveness. Understanding what it meant to offer forgiveness and receive forgiveness is the vital part of learning mercy. One woman shared of how a church cast her out after knowing her previous adulterous affair. That church has missed the Love of God. Society cannot forgive our past and kept condemning our past. The Bible is also clear. When Job lost everything including his health, his friends and relatives left him.

Another mother pushed her daughter out of the house because her behaviour was not according to the ways she was being brought up. The mother condemned the daughter and pushed her out thinking that the daughter knows she loved her and would be there for her. She is now beyond the reach of her mother. Is this what the Gospel is about? Who does not have her past? The Gospel is an invitation to a relationship with God and then with others. It's about His unconditional love as in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. We do not rejoice at others' sufferings neither hold offences of others but to bless them and to love them. Loving the unlovable was my mandate as I was growing in the Lord.

Receiving and giving unconditional love from our Heavenly Father breaks all blockages to freedom. Many Christians are unable to receive unconditional love and therefore are not free. We need to know the whole truth of the Gospel to be free. John 8:32. It was for freedom that Christ has set us free. Galatians 5:1. We have to let go of our past and move on with life.

Grieving is for a moment but joy comes in the morning. Do not have self pity as it holds us in bondage.

The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:22 is an example of how our Heavenly Father will treat us when we return back to Him as a prodigal child begging for forgiveness. People cannot forgive because they are too proud and insist they are right. God hates pride in Proverbs 6:16-17. Seven sins that are detestable to God is all described in these verses even up to verse 19. False witness and breaking relationships of others do not win God's favour. It is time you break your chains from the enemy and allow Jesus to be enthroned in your life. Isaiah 52:2.

Your redemption is a reflection of Isaiah in verse 3. God be praised. If Jesus did not redeem Mary Magdalene we would have missed the gist of the Gospel. Jesus knows the hearts of the people and appear to those who believe in His resurrection. He appeared to Mary Magdalene. What is Jesus speaking to you today?

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