Monday, 8 May 2017
When I was younger, I encountered a super rude food seller. I was so angry with his behavior that I boycotted his food stall for a long time. When I grew older, I still encounter rude food sellers but my response has changed. Instead of being angry, I was amused. I began to observe them, chat with them, get to know them… Everyone has a story. How we respond or react to daily encounters is our personal choice. We get to choose.
Someone sent me a riddle:
A rich man needs _______. A poor man has _______. If you eat _______ you die and when you die you can take _______ with you.
One word fits all 4 blank spaces! It is a seven-letter word. What is it? This is a Hong Kong Primary 1 entry test question.
Paul told Timothy:
I pondered over this instruction. How can I PRAY FOR ALL MEN? How can I pray for ‘bad’ people…
As I listened to real life stories, I began to understand. Everyone gets to choose. We get to choose whether to forgive or not to forgive. Forgiveness is powerful. It has the power to break chains. Forgiveness sets us free.
Dear Father God,
From Day 1, You allowed man to choose. Adam and Eve had chosen. Their choice of action had consequences. All consequences are in accordance with Your set of Principles.
Your Word says:
Father God, You are rich in mercy. You give us opportunities again and again to repent of our wrongdoings and foolishness. When we do so, You forgive us.
Father God, I pray for ALL MEN (women and children) that they may be saved and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH.
I also pray for everyone who is born again as a CHILD OF GOD to be empowered to forgive because we ourselves are forgiven, saved by grace, through faith. Each and every child of God is a new creation and an heir of eternal life. We are being led by the Spirit. We are redeemed from the curse of the Law.
I pray for every child of God to be filled with the Spirit, strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. We are heirs of God and co-heir with Christ. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing. We are imitators of God. We are the light of the world. Healed by His wounds, we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds. We are heirs to the blessings of Abraham. Every child of God is more than a conqueror, able to do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Amen and Amen!
Hallelujah! PRAISE THE LORD!
Lam Yee Ling
The answer to the riddle is: ‘nothing