Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (Job 38:2)
Job was an upright man who feared God and shunned evil. God himself said that there was none like Job on the earth, who was blameless in his ways (Job 1:8). However, being blameless in one’s ways does not mean that one fully knows the Lord.
“[Love] does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” (1 Cor 13:4, NIV)
Our Lord Jesus Christ commands us to love one another. What is brotherly love? It goes beyond our affection for each other, our sense of belonging, or our social group. Biblical love is not envious, proud, or self-centered. The practice of brotherly love encompasses humility.
Love does not envy. Do we bicker out of jealousy? When Jesus saw Nathanael coming, He addressed him as an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile. This is a compliment to the honesty and sincerity of Nathanael. We need to affirm the good qualities and achievements of our fellow believers. Rather than criticize each other, we should encourage and become advocates for each other. Continue reading
The Lord Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18:3).
In dealing with the dispute over who was the greatest among the disciples, Jesus emphasized that to enter the kingdom of heaven, one must become like a child. What does it mean to be like a little child? What childlike qualities do we need to recapture? Continue reading
“Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” (2 Sam 7:18)
King David, the second king of Israel – although not without fault, was a handsome man, a righteous leader, a mighty warrior, a conqueror of lands, a skilled musician and a poetic psalmist. There came a time in his life as king when he wished in his heart, with all good intention, to construct a beautiful temple for the Lord, a dwelling place for God where His prophets could live and teach, and a place where the people could learn and worship. He consulted the prophet Nathan, who replied, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” However, we find that in the end, it wasn’t the will of God for David to do so, but rather, for his son Solomon. Later on, David went before the Lord, sat down, and poured his heart to God in thanksgiving. What can we learn from this story? Continue reading
We were outside again and standing on a table tennis table made me feel much taller. “Little me” was only around 8 years old and loved to play games like cops and robber outdoors with other kids from church. I do not remember why exactly I stood on a table tennis table but I do remember the great view I had from there. Then I saw my RE teacher from afar. He was trying to tell me something but I could not hear him since he was too distant (~50m). Intuitively I walked towards him, saw the horrified expression on his face, wondered why he was so upset and — BOOM! Something hit my face really hard, and all I saw was black. Continue reading