This morning, I was with my pet cat.. He’s a one-year-old cat. I was conversing to my pet.. “Ikaw lang yung pusa dito sa bahay na hindi nangangagat, hindi nangangalmot, hindi marunong magalit! Tahimik ka lang tapos mahal na mahal mo yung ibang pusa sa bahay. Ikaw lang nakita ko na pusa na ganyan kabait! (You are the only cat I know who is tamed! You are so quiet then you really love other cats! You are the only cat I know that is very good!” While I was saying this to my cat, I suddenly remembered who I am in my old life.. My life before I had a relationship with Christ.
I really like these 2 pet cats in our house.. But they are both different. I can see my old self in my four-year-old cat. I can see how God is changing me in my one-year-old cat. I may not be always like that but that is what God is telling me… To be like my one-year-old cat.
Here’s the table of the difference of the two cats:
I am aware that I am still in a work in the progress. As Philippians 1:6 says, “And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.” GOD IS NOT FINISHED WITH ME YET. He is doing things in my heart.
As long as I live there would be rebukes, corrections, improvements and changes in my life. As long as I live, I have more time to grow. If I am already perfect, then there would be no growth and changes.
I was a person who is not really good with temper especially I am hormonal (raging hormones). Whenever I get mad before, I cannot control my words.. I cannot say it before in a gentle way. I had lots of insecurities. I wanted to be approved by others. I wanted to be more beautiful. I want to be this… Like this… The list goes on.
As each day goes by, God was revealing to me His message to me by Bible verses in my quiet time…
I want to share these Bible verses that changed me:
“For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:20 – Okay, God is telling me not to be easily angered..
“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7 – I am beautiful because God created me. So why should I be insecure?
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 – Lord looks inside the heart. A woman can be very beautiful in the outside but doesn’t fear the Lord.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 – I am called by God to disciple but I cannot be a disciple without loving others… even the people who hurt me. I learned to love ALL people through Christ.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-25 – I cannot say I live with the Spirit but fights what the Spirit is doing to my heart. The Holy Spirit, as what Jesus Christ left before He ascended to Heaven, is here to feel God’s presence.
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:25 – I was a very impatient person.. I always rush things. Through Christ, I learned to wait for His timing. I learned how to wait… I am still learning to be more patient.
“Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.” – Ecclesiastes 7:9 – It would be foolish to be easily angered.. It would be wise to be gentle and patient. Foolishness cannot do any prosperity.
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” – Luke 6:35 – I was a person who is so bitter with people who hurt me. I did not know how to forgive. But through Christ, I was able to forgive. (I am planning to make another post about this topic).
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of
wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – One of my friends told me this… Remove the word love in the verses.. Then put your name like, “Nads is patient, nads is kind…..” Then read it again, ask yourself, am I this person? Then it will be revealed to you that God wants to change some things in your heart 🙂
And one of the bible verses that struck me is..
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:3-11 – Being humble is also considering others in your decisions. Will I hurt others with this decision or Am I the only one who will gain with this? Can I bless others by this? Am I being selfless? As the last verses say, like Christ, even though He is the SON of GOD, He made himself like a servant.. He went down from Heaven to be a human like us so that He can save us for our sins.
I have so many, many, many bible verses to still share but I am praying and hoping that whoever reads this, God will show you more bible verses.
God bless to people reading this! 🙂