Agape, Phileo, Eros, and Storage

Subtitled: What Is Love

1️⃣Love is not a bad thing.

  • all love comes from God
  • He is the source of all good things
  • the love that you have in you comes from God
  • the love that you have for others comes from God

2️⃣Love is something to be craved.

  • we are created in God’s image
  • by nature we need:
    • to have love
    • to give love
    • it is natural to pursue love

3️⃣Love is something to be shared.

  • we are created to be in relationships
  • there are many different kinds
    • depending on the Christian study, there are 3-4
      • Eros love – erotic love, between a man and a woman
      • Agape love – divine love, the one Jesus has for all of us
      • Phileo love – type of love Christians practice with one another; brotherly love or close friendship; conveys a strong feeling of attraction
      • Storge love – family love

4️⃣Love languages are different for every person.

  • we are all created unique and special
  • we express and experience love in different ways

Conclusion

Love is a wonderful thing. It becomes even more awesome when we realise that there is more than one kind open to us. God is just that good. Knowing the differences allows us to experience it more, in deeper and more meaningful ways.

📖Phileo Love in the Bible

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10 ESV)

 

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another… (1 Thessalonians 4:9, ESV)

 

Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1, ESV)

Other Thoughts

We can never have too much of God in our lives, and since God is love, we can never have too much love.

There is value in appreciating the love that we have, and the love that we get from others.

There is wisdom in realising when we are abusing the word “love” by giving it our own definition, as opposed to recognising that it comes from God above all else.

Love (in all of its forms, at all times) should always be in context of what God says about it in His Word.

Philippians One-Six (Hope SG-Malolos City, Bulacan)

True that it would not be easy but this work is Not mine but the Lord’s. In all that we do for His kingdom will Not in vain.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corithians 15:58

And because Emmanuel – God is with us! I have no doubt for His work!!!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 ESV

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 ESV

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The day ANEU B Salon & Spa was dedicated to the Lord as one of His House Churches in the Philippines

This maybe a different approach from my previous blogs about Word of God but the content will always be His Great Love.

Philippians 1:6 was one of my life verses that encourages, motivates, and my faith’s lifterer whenever I am down to nothing. This verse was my twin partner with my Proverbs 3:5-6.

When my spiritual life turned sky scraper in 2016 after attending Colour Conference of Hillsong Church, the Vision that the Holy Spirit had put in my heart became distinct and prominent. The “set-aside” moment of my spiritual giftings became the “main stream” in my walk of faith. The third in my priorities in life became first: faith, family, work. 

I became “Lord, what do you want me do?” child of God–like. The spiritual revival was so strong! It brought me to my knees of humbleness in the presence of my Creator! As I am nothing without my Living God.

From that day on wards, slowly, the Lord had revealed to me what He wanted me to do for His kingdom sake. His purpose in me to pursue and made it complete in His time.

One of His purposes is for us –the fallen world to return back to Him and accept Him as the True Living God and as Lord and Savior. This could mean that we as Christians have to work hand-in-hand with our Savior.

And this made me compelled to work for His kingdom as the Lord second greatest commandment is to “Love others as yourself”.

Long ago, I wanted to have a Salon business. Reason because I love to go to the Salon to pamper myself and for my hair be cured the frizzy strands that was inborn in me.

But it would not happen as I wanted it long ago. The urge of that moment was not distinct and I do not have the courage to put it up.

I started to write it down in my prayer journal in 2016. It is one of my passion to pursue in ex-change of my work in corporate world–that’s my first reason. But the Lord changed the reason why I wanted to have a Salon. He will not remove your first passion But He will make it a more “satisfying” reason.

When the opportunity arises on the later part of 2017 to put up a Salon, the Lord had put this vision in my heart, that this Salon will become an “avenue for the lost souls” to draw near to His kingdom and not only one but to the succeeding branches.

March 3, 2018 when we launch it here in the Philippines. We’ve hired a christian staff to supervise the Salon while we are in SG; and to lead them in Bible Study as my first plan. But  it did not happen as we plan. Something happened to her and she had to resigned.

In my heart, I really wanted  this Salon to be a BiBle-based operations. But who will lead them? We are based in Singapore and I am working.  Though, my heart was no longer in my workplace as it became the last in my priority.

Monthly,  my husband and I will see to it, that we go back to see them personally and started to lead them in prayers and in meals we ate together. We saw the difference in their relationships if we are with them and praying together.

The urge of the Vision the Lord had put in my heart was became prominent since the last time we go back to the Philippines on 26 April for 6 days.

The moment I returned to SG, I resigned from my beloved company for about to 13 years. The position that I had in this company was not easy to leave but God made it NO regrets for me — leaving this company for His Kingdom-sake.

It was a total relieve when I tender. The breathable feeling was tangible. Now, I can focus more!!!

I thank my hubby, Gedeon for his undying support and love to me and most especially to God. Love you, Mahal!

Mid of June 2018, whe  we went back to the Philippines and we started to share the Word of God with them.

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Our first-ever introduction of devotion to     ANEU B staff

Praise God for the lives of my leaders – Bro Robert and Sis Kathy Ortiz for God making them as a channel to pursue this Vision for ANEU B SALON & SPA as an “avenue for lost souls”

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Leaders Bro Robert and Sis Kathy Ortiz with Ezekiel grabbed from @aneubph insta when they visited aneu B Salon & Spa (June 2018)

Thanking Ps Badette Tamaken of Hope Church Singapore – my home Church, for helping me establishing the House Church in Malolos City, Bulacan, Philippines for the glory of God.

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Ps Badette arrives at the Salon

 

We had started our first Hope SG-Malolos Bulacan House Church with dynamics in the Salon on 4th August 2018. Here are the captured moments:

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Ps Badette while leading the games
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Practicing our Praise song
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Our first Praise Song- “One Way” in chinese paper soon via projector (Praise God!)
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During sharing the Word teaching them how to use the Bible and do their devotion.
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In our meals together
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After our House Church

Glory to God that these people prayed the Salvation prayer. Praise be to God!!!

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True that it would not be easy but this work is Not mine but the Lord’s. In all that we do for His kingdom will Not in vain.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corithians 15:58

And because Emmanuel – God is with us! I have no doubt for His work!!!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 ESV

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ANEU B Salon & Spa is dedicated to the one and only JESUS CHRIST and is committed to the Great Commission of God – Matthew 28:18-20

This concludes,

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6 ESV”

His Word is the LIVING TESTAMENT!!! HOPE SG – MALOLOS CITY, BULACAN will bring it to completion through Christ Jesus!

All glory to God!!!

My Silver and My Gold

“Silver and Gold” were used by the ancient civilizations for trade and commerce. Having more of these denotes that someone is powerful, coming from a wealthy family, and with great authority. Because of it’s significance it is highly valued.

What are your silver and your gold?

A. Priorities: My Silver and My Gold

“Silver and Gold” apart from jewelleries which we may be wearing either in a day-to-day basis or in an occasional basis, it can also symbolize to our priorities in life.  As people during the ancient times work for silver and gold, this means that it is of great importance. We will not set something as a priority if it is not important. In a day-to-day life we categorize priorities as either – high, medium or low. We as humans have our “free will”. The Bible teaches us that we are called to be free but we should not use our freedom to indulge the flesh (Galatians 5:13a)

“Indulging in the flesh” means satisfying our personal, worldly desires over that will of God in our lives. Sometimes we indulge in our flesh to easily resolve matters that bothers us without even consulting God.

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh”

Galatians 5:13a

B. Achievements: My Silver and My Gold

In the Book of Exodus, the Lord said that He will send the first plague to Egypt which will set them free from captivity (free from bondage), the Lord also instructed them to ask for articles of silver and gold. (Exodus 11:1-2).

Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.  Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbours for articles of silver and gold.”

Exodus 11:1-2 NIV

The first thing I asked was “Who will freely give his/her silver and gold to his/her neighbour?” Our silver and gold may symbolize our achievements in life. Most of the time we take the glory for ourselves and we tend to become so forgetful to our Jehovah Jireh. Why? Because it has been our bare hands who worked, it is our minds that strategized, and it is our passion that drove us.

But wait! Who gave the power to our hands so we can work? Who has given us the wisdom to strategize? Who puts empowerment in our hearts to continue? Only God! 

What was the origin of this order?

In Exodus 3:21, the Lord said that He will make the Egyptians favourably disposed towards the Israelites so that when they leave Egypt, they will not go empty handed.

“And I will make the Egyptians favourably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.”

Exodus 3:21 NIV

Everything is God’s perfect plan! As it is written in the book of Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” God always looks after our prosperity, hopes and future. This implies that even before we worry over matters, God has already provided an answer!

How did the Israelites managed their silver and gold?

In Exodus 32, when the people no longer see Moses they asked Aaron saying (in verse 1), “Come make us gods who will go before us”. The next day they sacrificed burnt offering to the image of the golden calf.

Despite all of God’s supremacy and sovereignty over the matters that troubles our heart, we still seek to find answers and see the answers by our own eyes, personally. We have embraced “To see is to believe” nature. We tend to set our personal, worldly priorities as a high priority and we even set our achievements as something attained out of our own capabilities.

I pray that we will always look after the gracious state of God which shall drive us to make Him as our silver and our gold. Jesus is the true vine, keep yourself connected to Him and you will get a kind of silver and gold that last for eternity.

The first step in making Jesus as your silver and gold is to accept Him as you personal Lord and Saviour. Come to Jesus with a willing heart that sees no fault nor flaws but love. He was not sent by the Father into the world but to save the world through Him – He is our salvation.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

John 15:5-8 NIV

Reflection Question: What are your silver and gold, and what are you doing with it?

Why Choose To Forgive?

Were you offended by someone? Either intentionally or unintentionally? Did you choose to forgive, or you are still carrying on the burden of offense brought by the incidence? If you do, this Bible-based blog about choosing to forgive will surely encourage you to choose forgiveness over unforgiveness.

Offense means annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself. An offense is part of an everyday experience, in schools, in workplaces, in our circle of friends, in our family and even in social media – the most common and noticeable way is through “bullying”.

Alexander Pope mentioned that “to err is human, to forgive is divine” in one of his creation entitled “An Essay on Criticism”. Humans’ initial reaction to an offense can be described in Newton’s Third Law of Motion whereby it states that “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. As we get offended, we jump into a state where we get angry! This can go deep down into our senses for some time if we do not know how we should handle such situations in life.

In the book of Genesis, God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27). This means that we also possess the characteristics which God has and God expects that we will imitate the same – such as “forgiveness”. We will be able to live out the life with forgiveness as we continue to walk with God, read and meditate on His words, and praying.

As God wants us to live a forgiving life, He always serves as the best example.

  1. Adam and Eve

God created the first man and woman in Adam and in Eve. And He made them rulers in everything which He has created (Genesis 1:28). But the Fall of Adam and Eve happened when they were not able to overcome the temptation brought by the serpent (Genesis 3:1), and they ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge (Genesis 2:17). This made them know the difference between the good and the bad.

God got disappointed with the situation and gave His rightful judgment to the serpent, to Eve and to Adam (Genesis 3:14-19). But one noticeable event after God made His judgment is when He “made garments for Adam and His wife and He clothed them” (Genesis 3:21) God remains to be a good Father to His creations, especially to Adam and Eve whom He created from His own image. God chose to forgive.

It is written in the book of John saying that If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10)

2. Jesus at the Cross

Being crucified at the cross can be considered as the worst way to die for a criminal during that time. This feeling is magnified towards the crucifixion – from the moment when Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus over thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14). Jesus predicted Peter’s denial (Matthew 26:34) and it all happened.

Jesus was mocked, insulted. His blood flowed in every stripes He received. He is God. He could have summoned the angels to fight back. But Jesus is “forgiving”.

Through Him we entered a new covenant of grace that will surpass all the laws. The Bible says that we have been saved “by grace”.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

In a day to day basis, I always sing the song entitled “Build My Life” every morning:

Holy, There is no one like You

There is not besides you,

Open up my eyes in wonder

Show me who you are and fill me

With your heart and lead me

In your love to those around me

This psalm is very powerful to me as it declares the sovereignty of God on the wonders that He alone can do. And as we really dig deeper into the revelation of who God is in our lives, there is faith (assurance) that God will fill us with his heart that is compassionate to other people – a heart that chooses to forgive and love.

God wants to bring back the relationship with us and restore our identity as His sons and daughters. We may think that God will not care for us for so many times we have offended Him through our sins. But very truly I tell you that Jesus is a forgiving God and apart from it He wants to give us the assurance of salvation.