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July 4th, 2015

My Words Are Spirit And Life

My words are spirit and life

“My words are spirit and life” [John 6:63] But how to read the Bible?

Bible can be understood in three frames, rather three levels. Information, Knowledge and Wisdom.

Let us take an example. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, when asked “Who is my neighbour?” the instantaneous reply would be “the good Samaritan”. There we also come to know of the many characters like:
1. Traveller
2. Robbers
3. Priest
4. Levite
5. Good Samaritan

Information (Senses)

When we read the Bible with our senses like eyes, ears etc; When we read and re-read again and again, even memorizing and we recall the story to many, we are actually just hitting vanity, surfing the surface, doing a study, browsing everywhere, as we do with any other text-book. We are gaining information.

Knowledge (Mind)

“Some (with knowledge) have missed the mark as regards the faith” [1 Timothy 6:21]

When we read the Bible from the mind, we tend to ask questions like: Where is Samaria? What kind of bandits? Who is a Levite? What is the work of a Priest? How costly is a stay in the inn?

We do research spending all the time and even our whole life just like those ‘cerebral theologians’ to get updates. Still our endeavor is futile, beating round the bush, we have not come anywhere near the purpose of this magnificent book “GOSPEL”, the good news of salvation. We are gaining only empty knowledge, degrees, awards and rewards too.

Wisdom (Soul, Heart, Spirit)

“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” [Luke 2:19]

We must do exactly what Mother Mary did. First be filled with the Holy spirit like Mary, read the Bible from the Heart; the seat of Love, the seat of compassion, the seat of GOD Almighty. Be silent and meditate in-depth. Let the word of God permeate every cell, spirit, soul and every tissue in your body.

And then see what happens. So many mysteries will unveil. Who is my neighbour? Surely the good Samaritan. Sure? Are you so sure? If so, you are in the I or II level.

Look deeper into The Good Samaritan Parable

1. This parable is your life journey in this world.

2. Every person we meet, however good or bad they are to us, is our neighbour. “Love your enemies, do good, bless those who curse you, pray for those who persecute you” [Luke 6:27-28]

3. We must love all of them equally, be it a robber, a priest or a Samaritan. They are all characters in your life put by God himself to make you fit for eternal life.

4. Everybody sees “Jesus in the Good Samaritan”, but “Jesus is actually the traveller” who was beaten. The priests are the Apostles who ran away, the Levites are his disciples to be found nowhere, the robbers are the soldiers who beat and plundered his garments. The good people like Mary, Veronica, Simon and Mary Magdalene who took part in his agony are the Samaritans.

5. High up on the cross the same Jesus says “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” [Luke 23:34] for He understood their role in his life and mission.

Thus reading the Bible like a text says the good Samaritan is the neighbour, but with wisdom filled and guided by the Holy spirit, we conclude every human being we meet, put in our life with a plan and purpose for our prosperity which only God can understand, is our neighbour.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and
my thoughts than your thought” [Isaiah 55:9]

The word of God is full of life, full of truth, a real story of unfathomable love. One drop is greater than the deepest ocean. Amen.

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– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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June 29th, 2015

My Rock And My Stronghold

Jesus is rock Your trust in him is that lever

At times, we feel we are just hanging in the air, with no grip or a strong hold, with no support from anyone. Every person, enter our life, use us, stay a while and throw us away. We are left only with abuses and hurts.

We feel that we have everyone AROUND us, yet NO ONE for us, very ironical. The world may look empty and nothing much left to love or live. Without hope, our lives will just wither away.

The Lord is My Rock

Are you really so alone and lonely? Hear the Word of God say:

The LORD is My rock, My fortress and My deliverer;
My God is My rock, in whom I take refuge,
My shield and the horn of My salvation, My stronghold
In whom I will Trust.
[PSALM 18:2]

Every word of God in the Bible is 100% true. Heaven and earth will pass away but my words shall not pass away. [Matthew 24:35]

The Rock and The Lever

“Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world.” said Archimedes. JESUS is that FIRM ROCK and your TRUST IN HIM is that LEVER.

Everyone needs a firm ground to stand still when the storms are raging. Jesus will be your rock which gives you this firm ground. HE will be your fortress when enemies war against you. Our Lord is the deliverer who delivers us from sin, evil, death and judgment.

Hold on to HIM. You are the Conqueror. Amen.

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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June 24th, 2015

Seventy Times Seven

Seventy Times Seven

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” [Matthew 18:21-22]

Really? Seventy times seven??? Let us see how that’s possible.

Explanation of seventy times seven

Think that a murder is committed and the concerned relation has forgiven the criminal. Then how to forgive 70×7 times? Can the same person be killed that many times to be forgiven seventy times seven? No way.

Digging deeply, we realise that though forgiveness is granted, whenever the concerned relation recalls the incident his feelings will subdue him and give life to that crime as long as he lives and thus hatred can seep in. If he fails to forgive every time his mind recalls the crime, his forgiveness is still incomplete.

Forgive till you forget

We must keep forgiveness like a blank cheque and deliver it instantly every time our mind recalls the bad past of others’ wrongdoings. Never recall the bad past, bury them in the deepest sea and forget. “You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” [Micah 7:19]

Nowhere in the Bible it is said FORGIVE and FORGET but seventy times seven means FORGIVE till you FORGET, like a child. Unless you forget, forgiveness is incomplete.

Hate, Hater and Hated

HATE hates the HATER than the HATED. Hatred is like keeping a burning coal in your hand. You are the victim. It prevents all the graces from God reaching you, just like an umbrella prevents the rain drops from touching your body.

Bring before you, all the people you hate, one by one. For a moment, become their mother, immaterial of their gender and age. It becomes very easy to understand and forgive them this way. JUST FORGIVE NOW. Practice this exercise and see how perfectly peace sets in.

May God bless all of you to forgive others seventy times seven. Amen.

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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