Feelings, Thoughts and the Will – the 3 things that motivate us into action, therefore Love is the best integrator and motivator

Dear friends,

In our human experience of life, we encounter times when we find it difficult to continue on the journey of life, and even sometimes uncertain about what to do or how to respond to questions we have or how we feel, and our will does not seem to have the integrity we hope for. As explained in Romans 7:15 “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” and Romans 7:19 “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.”  We all make mistakes sometimes against our own wills, but let us not despair and take time to ponder upon this and also recall the love of God for us in the midst of the various emotions and thoughts that occur in our lives.

Emotions and thoughts help us to be guided to make decisions, but we need to be led by the Holy Spirit in order to do what the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father would want us to do, to find that purpose that the Lord intends for each of us, and we can do this by taking time to examine our thoughts, motives, actions, feelings and desires. Remember that the Lord knows us completely and He accepts us with great love, because to know someone and be interested in every detail of one’s life requires a lot of love. The Lord knows each of us better than we or any other person can ever know ourselves as in Psalm 138(139):1-4 “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.” More evidence on God’s love for us can also be seen in the way God loves us, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” For the love of God is made visible in the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ His Son. And also we understand the nature of God is this, in 1 John 4:16 “So we have known and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.”

Love is complete when we not only know someone and their ways but when we want them to know us and understand us too. The Lord wants us to know His ways completely and wants what is best for us as He gives us His Holy Spirit, and He tells us in Ezekiel 36:26-27 “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.” Why does the Lord want us to observe His ordinances? Is it because He wants to dominate us? Contrary to this He wants us to have freedom, for He tells us about the dignity of human beings in Genesis 1:27-28 “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”” This means to be faithful stewards answerable to God for all He has entrusted to us. Remember the Lord tells us in Luke 16:10 “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.”

God’s love is present to us both in the Spiritual and the Material realities, for we human beings are both Spiritual and Corporeal. In the Church, we have both acts of Spiritual and Corporal acts of Mercy and Justice. Two dimensions of this in the ongoing evangelisation of bearing witness to Jesus Christ and the Gospel that God loves us and cares for us, as seen in the renewal through Prayer and Healing and Empowerment services like in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and also the Catholic Social Justice seen in Catholic Welfare and Humanitarian aid agencies like Caritas. I had the opportunity to attend events relating to both on the first and last day of the week.

Earlier on the first day of the Week, on Pentecost Sunday, I attended the Pentecost Rally at Church of St. Vincent de Paul and earlier that day I was also at the Parish feast day celebration at Church of the Holy Spirit. It is during the Pentecost Rally, like all Pentecost Rallies and Praise and Worship sessions done by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal throughout the world, that we see a gathering of people coming forward to be empowered by the Holy Spirit; many also are healed in the Name of Jesus Christ because the Holy Spirit acts upon them as they surrender to the love of God the Father made known through the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This gathering of peoples from diverse nationalities, languages and backgrounds is the sign of the unity of the people of God, as at the first Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and other Disciples, they spoke in tongues as the Holy Spirit empowered them and united thousands from diverse languages and nationalities to believe in the Lord. Everyday the love of God is made visible when we as a Church gather together to praise God and to thank Him, and to seek His blessings upon us and the whole of the world. This is especially remembered on Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church.

Earlier today Satuday 30th May 2015, being the last day of the week, I attended a Humanitarian Forum and Fair by CHARIS and CARITAS Singapore at Catholic Junior College, showing how the various Catholic Humanitarian organisations have continuously been helping out in the Southeast Asian region and also how Caritas International works to help the poor and marginalised people throughout the world – USA and Latin America, Europe, Africa, MiddleEast, Asia, Oceania, regardless of nationality, race, creed, beliefs the Social Justice Humanitarian organisations of the Church is there to provide healthcare, education, relief aid, donations, advocacy, infrastructure building and other aid programs, working with the local communities for the good of the local people. Where there is a need, there the Church is present to help, because as Church we are the sign of God’s love to all humanity. We the Body of Christ have to be present and available to the needs of the poor and the lonely. The beauty of the Catholic Christianity is to love all people as Christ loves, and to find God in all things, so we can seek the Lord doing Ministry work, Mission work, Catholic Social Justice, Studying, Working, Praying, Exercising, watching a movie, absolutely anytime and anywhere. For God loves us and wants what is holy and best for each person. So let us praise the Lord for He is good, for His love endures forever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit remain with us all. Amen.