Seek The Truth

by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning, Christian Author

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," and "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 14:2; 3:16-17)

Seek The Truth - by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning, Christian Author

Agape Love

This entry is part 17 of 23 in the series Christianity

The New Testament was written originally in Greek – the common language of the first century. The Greeks had three words for love – each with a different meaning.

Philia – brotherly love
Eros – the love between a man and a woman
Agape – unconditional love – like the love of a parent to a child

Unconditional Love

What does it mean to love unconditionally? It means loving someone no matter what. It’s the type of Love God has for humankind.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.~John 3:16-17

The Christians of the first century called the Lord’s Supper (a.k.a. Holy Communion) the Agape Meal. They usually celebrated this on Sunday (the Lord’s Day) in commemoration of Jesus Christ and what He told His believers to do. (Luke 22:19-20)

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.~1 John 4:9-10

God loves YOU so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for YOUR sins so that YOU wouldn’t die and live in hell, but live in paradise, in heaven with Jesus forever.

Jesus tells us this over and over again:

John 8: 32
John 10: 9
John 14: 1-4
John 14: 6-7
John 15: 13
Matthew 6:19-34

Jesus overcame the world. Jesus overcame death.

All you need to do is ask Jesus into your heart and you too will feel the Agape Love that God freely gives.

To have eternal life with Jesus, just pray this prayer wholeheartedly and sincerely:

Father, I know I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. Thank you for loving me even though I have been unworthy of your love.
I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life from this day forward.
Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award Winning Christian Author
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Are You Part of the Chosen?

This entry is part 12 of 23 in the series Christianity

Being chosen is good feeling. Remember as a youngster being chosen to be captain of the team or even being chosen for the team. Or in high school being chosen as lead in the school play or to represent the class at a special event. As an adult ñ chosen to lead a meeting or head a special project. It feels good to be chosen.

Contrary to that, it sucks to be the last one chosen for the team or to be passed over when you feel you deserve it. You feel neglected, unloved, like everyone hates you, insufficient, like no one trusts you – it’s a major whack to your self-esteem.

God chooses You!

Just as God chose Noah to build the Ark, Moses and Aaron to lead the Israelites (the Chosen People) from the clutches of the Egyptian Pharaoh, the way he chose Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, David, Elijah, Isaiah, Joel, Job, and all the Kings and Prophets, God chose to give Jesus, His only son to You – to the whole world – so that you would not perish because of the sins of man and that you may live in paradise – in the Kingdom of God forever.

Then there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One or My Beloved; listen to and yield to and obey Him!” ~ Luke 9:35 (AMP)

How can you not listen to a voice from the cloud.

Jesus chose his disciples. 

In my former book [The Gospel of Luke], Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. ~ Acts 1:1-3

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. ~ 1 Peter 1:18-21

You too can become part of “the chosen,” but to do so you first must choose to follow Jesus. Once you do, look at all the benefits you’ll receive:

Protection and an intercessor:

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. ~ Romans 8:32-34

Salvation freely given by grace (we don’t have to “deserve” it):

So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. ~ Romans 11:4-6

We are God’s heirs:

In him we were also chosen [were made heirs], having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. ~ Ephesians 1:11-12

Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? ~ James 2:5

We have hope of a life everlasting in glory:

The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. ~ Colossians 1:26-27

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God Bless,
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award Winning Christian Author
www.giselleaguiar.com/novel1
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God, the Shepherd

This entry is part 11 of 23 in the series Christianity

If you find it hard to think of God as a loving father, then think of Him as the Good Shepherd.

If you’ve ever been in Chandler, AZ in the winter, you may have noticed herds of sheep in various fields. They winter in the valley and in the spring they’re herded up to Mogollon Rim or the White Mountains pastures. They take the Heber-Reno Sheep Driveway established in 1918 covering about 6 miles a day. 

The shepherds are responsible for every single sheep in the herd. If one wanders off, someone has to go after it. 

Jesus said, “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.” ~Matthew 18:12-14

Back in the mid ‘80s, I was a tour escort on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. One week, I had the largest group ever – 28 people. Any more than that, they would have sent a second escort to help. One day, I was trying to gather all 28 people at a given time in downtown Caracas, Venezuela after an hour or so of shopping. Every time I’d try to take a head count, a couple of folks would see something interesting and wander off. I’d run and get them back and two more would slip away into a shop. It was like herding sheep. 

When I read that passage from Matthew, I think about that experience and how God loves us so much that He’ll care about the sheep that wander off or the ones that are lost. 

The most comforting Bible passage is one that is as popular as the Lord’s Prayer: the 23rd Psalm, it’s first line alone can reassure you in times of trouble. 

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 

Keep saying that aloud, over and over again and you’ll be comforted. 

Additional Reading:
Isaiah 40:11
Psalm 23:1-6
John 10:1-21
Hebrews 13:20-21
Ezekiel 34:1-31

Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award Winning Christian Author

Be thankful in all circumstances

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series God the Provider

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

This was last Sunday’s message at church. This is tough sometimes, but we have to do it. In whatever is going on, find something to be grateful for. Find the positive. Kind of like a Pollyanna.

Be grateful you’re alive, relatively healthy, have a roof over your head, a car to drive, food to eat ( no matter how you get it) and that Jesus loves you no matter what you do or how you act. He forgives you. God loves  you so much that he gave up His Son for you.

We can all find something to be thankful for all the time.

God bless
Giselle
www.giselleaguiar.com

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