I always love to reflect back on Jesus asking Peter three times, “Do You Love Me?”
Matthew said it best when he said, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.”
I am sure everyone can easily say yes if they are asked at church or a church community because you feel it is the “Right Answer” at that moment.
To say, “I love you Lord,” you are declaring, with Absolutely No Hypocrisy to Love the Lord your God with All Your Heart, Mind and Soul. That you are making an oath, a promise, to abide in His commands; to accept His unconditional, Never-Ending Love.
Thou we can never be perfect, we are saying, “yes” to be perfected in Christ. So we say “yes” to living in Christ, to being “Christ-Like.”
If we say “No” there is no shame in that. You may not be ready, maybe you are not equipped or have the understanding of what living in Christ is about, maybe you do not yet believe, or maybe you are just afraid, again – No Shame, No-Judgement. But and yes, there is a But!
Have you taken the time to listen to His Word?
Have you taken the time to read the Gospel?
Have you listened to a sermon or a teaching, to give you a sense of wisdom, knowledge or understanding?
Have you taken the time to get into a community or get connected in a Small Group, a Ministry, or just read post like we share here with Brothers and Sisters speaking Truth in Love?
Everyday, you are being prepared, equipped, the tools are in front of you. You are being thought, but you are not receiving it or seeing it, or you are not wanting to receive it or see it.
We hear about the “End Times,” we hear how the “End is Near,” do you believe without a doubt that you are going to Heaven or as most of us would say, “Going Home?”
God gives us plenty and more than plenty of ways and opportunities to say, “Yes” to Him. Because as we know, He does not want any of us to Perish.
God’s judgement is still on its way, but there is a delay in order for ALL to repent, and turn to Him, to say, “Yes Lord, I Love You!”
Again, I say, “But,”
If we read in John 21:15-17, Jesus gives instructions, a command if you will, after questioning, “Do You Love Me?”
It is not just saying “Yes,” it is also doing for the Lord, serving Him, making an effort, a sacrifice, because in everything we want and desire, everything we LOVE, everything we cherish, we must work at it to receive it and make the effort to keep it.
Do you want to live in Christ?
Say Yes, and make the promise to abide in Him, to let go of the things of this world; to pick up your Cross and Follow Him.
Just remember that everything comes at a price. Just as the sacrifice Jesus made for you, for me, for us, but (4th But) the Price is worth greater than anything because it is the Price of Salvation. It won’t be easy, no one ever said it was (5th But), you will get through it, get through them.
Please, I urge you today, say “Yes” do not wait until tomorrow.
The Gospel Group, The Winans sang a song back in 1993 called, Tomorrow. In the lyrics, it says:
I’ll Give My Life Tomorrow
I Thought About Today
For Tomorrow Very Well Might Be Today.
Tomorrow, Who Promised You Tomorrow
Better Choose The Lord Today,
For Tomorrow Very Well Might Be Today.”
I was skeptical about saying, “Yes Lord, I Love You” because I knew I could not handle any Trials, I was weak and with everything I have gone through in my life and continue to face and endure, I cannot handle another or any more trials.
Yet the question I had to ask myself was,
“Was I Faithful Enough?
Or Even Worthy of Jesus Christ Agape Love?”
The answer came when I joined a Hope Group at my church and learned that the Lord does not give us more than we can handle.
One of my first and favorite Scriptures I learned in Hope Group, 1 Corinthians 10:13.
He Loves you, us, so much,
There is No Other Love, like the Love from Our Heavenly Father.
For God so LOVED the World, (not just the Jews, Gentiles, Believers, Sinners, Good People, Bad People, Hurt People, Grieving People, BUT the World, that He gave His Only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not Perish but (Last But) have Eternal Life.
Do You Love Him Even More?
Will You Feed His Lambs?
Will You Care for His Sheep?
Will You Feed His Sheep?
Yes, Lord, I Willie Torres Love You.
You Are Loved
Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ. My name is William Torres (My family and friends call me Willie).
I am a New Christian or as I like to say, “A Toddler Christian,’ being saved as of 2017.
From a very young age, my family always told me that I had a calling, being raised in a Catholic home. I got involved with the church in my early teen years and served as a Altar Boy at my church, was a Youth Group Leader, and even a member of a Trio music group (Church Group), which we would perform in Church Youth Rallies. Their was definitely a calling. What I was missing throughout all this was a relationship with Jesus Christ. I was serving and loving the church and those around me, but not serving and loving the Lord.
It wasn’t until depression, isolation and suicidal thoughts that the Lord, finally said, “Okay, Willie, are you done? Let me In, Take a hold of my Hand,” and that was 2017, and I have been walking, skipping, singing and dancing with the Lord ever since.
I started to write stories which I believe were led by the Holy Spirit; many of which are testimonies and different trials I have endured and how the Lord has gotten me through them and to overcome them.
My relationship with many who I swore to never forgive have been rekindled and are now a Huge Blessing and a Special part of my life. Even my marriage and my relationship with my Children has become so much better and stronger. None of this which could not have been possible without the Lord Jesus Christ.
I enjoy encouraging others in the Lord Jesus Christ through my writings, and I can only pray that those who read them, will be Blessed by Gods Words.
I am nowhere near perfect but I Worship a God who is.
I have a long way to go and so much yet to learn, but one thing is for certain, I am Not Alone, and as hard as this was to accept and Believe, I thank God for creating in me a clean heart.
Hope has a Name, His Name is Jesus and my Hope found me and I was thankful to Receive Him.
I thank Truth Hunters and Lyn Leahz for the opportunity to allow me to share my writings with you all and as we say in Our Facebook Ministry, I Hope to Grow In Christ Together With You.
You Are Loved
Willie Torres Jr.