The love of God for the world is mani-fested in the sacriicial death of God’sown Son Jesus on the cross. By hisdeath we were given new life. Nowthe process of love and life does not end there. Jesus commands us tolove one another as he hasloved us. Jesus deinesChristian love: “Noone has greater lovethan this, to laydown one’s life forone’s friends.” (Jn15:13).Death acceptedout of love leadsto life. Darknessis overcome by thelight. The curse is ex-changed for the blessing.Doom gives way to prosperity.We die to self like the proverbial grainof wheat, and we produce much fruit.In what ways then do we die to self aswe give love, thus giving life? We hum-bly regard others as more important than ourselves (Phil 2:3b). We servewithout counting the cost. We live sim-ply so that we can share our resourc-es with those in need. The leader be-comes the servant.Now all that is hard. It ought to be hard,because it is the very way of Jesus.Rather than giving love, we are moreeager to receive love. This often leadsto selishness, to aversion, to self-de-nial, to shunning the cross. Theseinevitably lead to conlictsand crises in family andcommunity life.But Jesus has al-ready told us what we are to do. Godwould never re-quire what is im-possible. What makes it possibleis the abundanceof His grace and thepower of the Holy Spir-it. But for us to be illed,we need irst to be empty. Wework to empty ourselves of pride, lust,anger, greed, envy, selishness, immo-rality, hatred, rivalry, disobedience, in-idelity. We die to self, or rather, we put to death what is not of God.Then such death leads to life. Life in us.Then life for others through us. That islove.
Matthew 28:18-20“All authority in heaven andon earth has been given tome. Therefore go and makedisciples of all nations, bap-tizing them in the name of the Father and of the Sonand of the Holy Spirit, andteaching them to obey ev-erything I have commandedyou. And surely I am withyou always, to the very endof the age.” (NIV)Our journey through life incommunity is an experienceof faith. It is an experiencethat calls us to an unceas-ing renewal and deepen-ing of our relationship withChrist. When we say “Here Iam Lord,” we speak not onlyof, or for ourselves, but alsofor those whom the Lordhas entrusted to us and hasput under our watch andcare. The promise of salva-tion for all therefore drawsfrom us a response to sharethe faith, to the ends of theearth, in the same inspiringand inilling way it was fromthat Pentecostal experiencein the upper room.As a community, our DNA isembodied in our core val-ues. It is in our witnessingto His love every single daythat we bring these values tolife, touch the many doubt-ing Thomases in our midst,and help them believe. Re-discover and embrace thesecore values, brethren.Indeed, we live in unprec-edented times and growingin holiness becomes lessand less of a goal. Alarmingit is that we need not evenlook too far as we see thebattle being brought right toour doorsteps. Let us work towards bringing Christ tomany and many more, ix-ing our eyes on Him as weengage in spiritual warfare.And so, on the occasion of our 31st anniversary, wenot only celebrate, but wealso renew our faith, we de-clare our commitment tothe church, we break breadand thus continue to joy-fully partake in the work of evangelization.Go and share the faith!
Sharing the Faith
By Bob Murga,CFC FFl Country Servant for the Philippines