Thursday, May 3, 2018

Relationship between Love for the Lord & Curse

1 Corinthians 16:22

If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed.

Paul uses a very strong language here when talking about our Lord and our love for him.

Paul is clear in this statement that if anyone does not have any love for the Lord, he is to be accursed.

Accursed in Greek is anathema which means "to be offered to be destructed."

No love for God means no life for oneself. There is no life outside of God.

If we have no love for Jesus, we are not in Him. If we are not in Him, we have no eternal life because eternal life is only found in Him.

Therefore, whoever does not have love for Jesus i.e. not in Him, they have no life, no eternal life in them.

They are to be devoted to destruction, which would be spiritual destruction, i.e. eternal suffering and torment in hell, away from the life of God.

Avoiding being damned is not the right motivation to motivate us to love Jesus. However, if we do not love Him, we have no life at all.

Conversely, let us thank God that we do have life in Him. We are found in Him.

We are in Him, the eternal Life.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

愛するとは

愛するとは、
いつか受け入れてもらえると信じて、
相手に自分を差し出し続けること。

愛されるとは、
目に見えない愛を信じて、
相手に心を開くこと。

愛するためにも、
愛されるためにも、
信じる力が必要です。

相手の欠点を見つけ出すのが得意でも、
それはなんの自慢にもなりません。

人間が欠点だらけなのは
当たり前だからです。

どれだけ欠点だらけの人の中にも、
必ずいいところを見つけ出すことができる力。
それこそ、讃えられるべき特別な力です。

片柳弘史(神父)


Post by Masa

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Joy before the angels of God 神の天使たちの前に喜びが

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Luke 15:8-10

15:8 また、女の人が銀貨を十枚持っていて、もしその一枚をなくしたら、あかりをつけ、家を掃いて、見つけるまで念入りに捜さないでしょうか。 15:9 見つけたら、友だちや近所の女たちを呼び集めて、『なくした銀貨を見つけましたから、いっしょに喜んでください。』と言うでしょう。 15:10 あなたがたに言いますが、それと同じように、ひとりの罪人が悔い改めるなら、神の御使いたちに喜びがわき起こるのです。ルカによる福音書

God says here that there is joy when God finds that person who God lost.

神様はこの文章に神様はご自分から離れて行った人がまた見つかれる時に喜ぶって書いています。

It is important to note that in the passage, the woman seeks diligently until she finds it.

上の文章で大事なのはその女の人はその銀貨が見つかるまでにやめないっていうことです。

Therefore, in the same way, God seeks diligently until He finds that person He lost.

つまり、神様も同じように神から離れてしまった人が神が見つけるまでに、神は探し続けます。

God was diligently seeking me until He found me.

同じように僕が神から離れていた時に神は僕を探していたし、僕のために待っていたんです。

God was eager to find me because He lost me. I was his and I was lost.

神が僕を探していました。なぜなら、僕は神の愛する神の子だからです。僕は神のものだったけど、自分の道を歩き、迷ってしまいました。

And then I am found.

けれでも、神は僕を見つけました。

Just as the lyrics in Amazing Grace say, "I once was lost, but now I'm found."

アメージンググレースの歌詞のように、"道を踏み外しさまよっていた私を神は救い上げてくださり"

Monday, April 30, 2018

God's Joy

"And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’"
Luke 15:6

Jesus says here that there are his sheep in this world that are lost. He is looking for these sheep. And when He finds them he rejoices and says in a loud voice. "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost."

We are the sheep Jesus is looking for. Some of us have been found by Him.

We often think we found Jesus by searching for Him. But it is more true to say that Jesus found us by His earnest seeking. He is calling us and showing us the way in which we should go so that we may find Him.

He is still calling everyone everywhere to repent and follow Him.

He is calling the sheep to change their minds and follow Him.

Jesus is alive today.

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ," Ephesians 1:7-9

It was God's good pleasure and desire to make known to us the mystery of his will which was redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of His grace that he lavished on us.

Therefore God is pleased and full of joy to forgive us of our sins according to his grace He poured out on us. Amen. Truly.