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You will be Hated by All. 

Luke 21: 12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.

It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.

You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

Kayo ay Kapopootan ng Lahat.

Lucas 21:12-19

12Ngunit bago mangyari ang lahat ng mga bagay na ito, huhulihin nila kayo at uusigin. Dadalhin nila kayo sa mga sinagoga at mga bilangguan. Ihaharap nila kayo sa mga hari at gobernador dahil sa aking pangalan. 13Ngunit ito ay magiging isang pagkakataon ng inyong pagpapatotoo. 14Ilagay nga ninyo sa inyong mga puso na huwag paghandaan ang pagtatanggol.

15Ito ay sapagkat bibigyan ko kayo ng kapangyarihang magsalita at ng karunungan. Sa pamamagitan nito ay hindi makakasagot ni makakatanggi ang lahat ng mga kumakalaban sa inyo. 16Ngunit kayo ay ipagkakanulo maging ng mga magulang, mga kapatid, mga kamag-anak at mga kaibigan. Papatayin nila ang ilan sa inyo.

 

 17Kayo ay kapopootan ng lahat ng dahil sa aking    pangalan. 18Kailanman ay hindi mawawala ang isa mang buhok sa inyong ulo.19Sa pamamagitan ng inyong matiyagang pagtitiis, tatamuhin ninyo ang inyong buhay.

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Do Not Be Terrified

Luke 21: 5-11

While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here? the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, “I am he,” and “The time has come.” Do not follow them!

When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

Huwag kayong Masindak

Lucas 21: 5-11

 5Habang ang ilan ay nag-uusap patungkol sa templo, na ito ay nagagayakan ng mga naggagandahang bato at mga kaloob, sinabi ni Jesus: 6Darating ang mga araw na ang mga bagay na inyong nakikita ay gigibain. Walang maiiwang bato na nakapatong sa bato na hindi babagsak.

 7Tinanong nila siya na sinasabi: Guro, kailan nga mangyayari ang mga bagay na ito? Ano ang mga tanda na mangyayari na ang mga bagay na ito?

 8Sinabi niya: Mag-ingat kayo na hindi kayo maililigaw sapagkat marami ang darating sa pangalan ko. Kanilang sasabihin: Ako ang Mesiyas at ang oras ay malapit na. Huwag nga kayong sumunod sa kanila. 9Kapag kayo ay nakarinig ng mga digmaan at himagsikan, huwag kayong masindak sapagkat ang mga bagay na ito ay dapat munang mangyari. Subalit ang wakas ay hindi agad mangyayari.

 

10Pagkatapos nito sinabi niya sa kanila: Ang bansa ay babangon laban sa bansa at ang paghahari laban sa paghahari.11Magkakaroon din ng malalakas na lindol sa iba’t ibang dako. Magkakaroon ng taggutom at salot. Magkakaroon ng mga nakakatakot na mga pangyayari at dakilang mga tanda mula sa langit.

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Today, I’ll talk about how you can have more peace in your life.

       Mind you. It’s not easy.

From the beginning of time, war was there.

My parents grew up during World War II. When they got married, bombs were falling from the sky. Ten million people died because of World War II.  Because of that war, in Europe alone, there were 13 million orphans.

When I was growing up, it was the Vietnam War. Two million people died in that war.

Here’s the truth: No one wins in a war. Any war. Even the so-called Victor of the war is really a Loser too.

But where do wars begin?

Inside us.

If there’s war inside you, that war will flow outside you.

If you don’t like yourself, you won’t like anyone else.

If you’re angry at yourself, you’ll be angry at the world too.

If you don’t accept your weaknesses, you won’t accept other people’s weaknesses.

And if you feel unworthy, you’ll be looking to others to fill your need of worth. Which is downright impossible. And you start blaming others for the mess in your life.

When there is no peace inside you, there can be no peace outside you. The war that rages outside you is merely a reflection of the war that rages within you.

Why do you fight with your friend? With your sister? With your spouse? With your parents?

Sometimes, because you don’t have peace within yourself.

Here’s what I learned. Peace flows to the people around you.

I’m a realist. I don’t believe we can remove all the conflicts from our lives.

You see, there isn’t only one kind of conflict.

There are three…

3 Kinds Of Conflicts

People create many problems in their lives because they don’t know the difference between these three conflicts. To save yourself from many problems, know the difference between them.

1. Conflicts You Shouldn’t Avoid

Carol and Pam have a thriving jewellery business.

Carol owns the items while Pam sells them. Unknown to Carol, Pam sells it at a higher price but tells Carol how times are hard and how she sold the jewels for a bargain.

When Carol discovered the deception, she figured that in the past couple of years, Pam has milked from her two million pesos.

Carol called me up and asked, “Brother Bo, what should I do?”

I tossed the question back, “What do you want to do?”

“A part of me just wants to let it be. To forget about it. Anyway, I still earn from the business. And besides, Pam is a friend and I don’t want to lose the friendship.”

“But Carol, I don’t think there’s a real friendship.”

I knew my words stung. Carol remained silent at the other end of the line.

“Carol, let me ask you a question.  Do you care for Pam?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Then fight her. Don’t let her remain in sin. Confront. Be angry. Present the evidence. If she repents, then the friendship may be repaired. If not, in one sense, you don’t lose anything. It was already lost the moment Pam started deceiving you.”

This is what I mean by necessary fights.

       When your husband is beating you up, either physically or emotionally—fight him. Get out of the house. Seek help from a temporary shelter. Never come back until he seeks help for his violent nature.

Why?

Because you love yourself—and you love the person who is abusing you.

If you don’t fight, you’re tolerating his or her sin.

That’s not love!

Jesus said, If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. (Matthew 15:18)

I repeat. We need to correct because we love.

A wise man once said, “If you enjoy correcting someone, don’t.”

We correct someone not because of revenge or a desire to punish or humiliate someone. We shouldn’t enjoy correction. It’s always painful to do so. But we do it because we love.

And then there’s the second kind of conflict…

2. Conflicts You Can’t Avoid

 

Someone asked me, “Bo, what if you move heaven and earth to heal a broken relationship, but the other person doesn’t want to?”

“Then at least you tried,” I told her. “You’ve tried to reconcile.  God sees your effort. The ball is in the other court now.”

       In the Bible, David had a love-hate relationship with King Saul.

David loved Saul, and he wanted to play music for him. He wanted to slay his enemies for him. And he wanted to give him a few cute grandchildren. (Yep, Saul was his father-in-law.)

But King Saul was jealous of the young man’s growing fan’s club. The old man was terribly insecure and saw him as a threat to the crown.

This love-hate relationship was so absurd; David had to be skilful at playing his harp while dodging low-flying spears thrown by Saul in sudden fits of insane jealousy. Now that’s what you call a flexible musician.

That’s why St. Paul says, If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”(Romans 12:18)

Read that inserted phrase again: “As far as it depends on you…”

I love Paul for putting that in.

Because there are some conflicts in our lives when it doesn’t depend on us anymore. If you’ve tried to reconcile, but the other person insists on fighting you, live your life. Be happy. The Lord will fight for you; you have only to be still. (Exodus 14:14)

And if he finally comes to his senses, offer your love anew.

And now for the third kind of conflict…

 

3. Conflicts You Should Avoid

This is the bulk of our conflicts.

And this is where I want to dwell on for my message today.

I believe that you can avoid 99% of your potential conflicts.

Personally, I don’t want to have a singleunnecessary conflict in my life. If I can avoid it, I will.

Why? From experience, a single conflict drains me, saps my energy, robs my attention, and wastes my time—Energy, attention, and time that I should be spending in achieving my dreams.

It’s a no brainer, really. I’ll avoid conflicts because I’m conserving my resources. They’re needed in more productive projects!

No wonder so many people can’t move forward towards their goals. They have no resources left.

Follow my advice. Choose your battles.

How do you avoid 99% of your conflicts?

You do it by following 4 powerful strategies of a Peacemaker.

 

1.Be Faithful

2.Be Forbearing

3.Be Flexible

4.Be Foolish

 

Today, I’ll discuss the first two Strategies—Be Faithful and Be Forbearing. (Next week, I’ll discuss the other two—Be Flexible and Be Foolish. Plus an extra “Bonus” fifth Strategy.)

Here’s the first Strategy of avoiding unnecessary conflicts.

 

1. Be Faithful

       I first read about “emotional bank accounts” from Stephen Covey.

And the insight is genius.

We have an emotional bank account with each person we relate to. Like an ordinary bank account, we make deposits and withdrawals to that account.

When we show we care for that person, no matter how small, we deposit to that person’s emotional bank account. But when we take that person for granted or when we offend that person, we make withdrawals.

But if there are sufficient deposits in that relationship, the “account” or relationship doesn’t get closed. We all make mistakes. Mistakes are forgivable. It’s when the withdrawals outnumber the deposits, that’s when the account is closed or the relationship breaks down.

Conflicts happen when the friendship is neglected.

The best defence is still offence.

My wife and I have a fantastic relationship. One reason: Each day, my wife and I work at our marriage. Each day, we make deposits to our emotional bank account.

A great relationship requires great work. It just doesn’t happen.

Let me give you another example.

The top leaders in my spiritual family, Light of Jesus, don’t just have business meetings. We do three important things to work on our relationships.

Each week, every Tuesday, we have very long, very “inefficient” business meetings. We meet from breakfast till lunch. That’s five hours. Yes, it’s insane. Business gurus will call it a major time-waster. All the Business books I read today call for short business meetings. In their eyes, we fail miserably. Because in our meetings, there’s lots of laughter and banter not related to the business at hand.

But I like keeping it that way. Because we’re not just about the work.  We’re about building “lifetime” friendships that will last until Heaven.  Because our relationships are our mission. Our relationships are our message. People will know that we’re His disciples by the love that we have for one another.

And every two weeks, top leaders meet in small groups (which we call Caring Groups) and share our personal stories—our joys and sorrows. That way, we’re friends first before we’re co-workers.

Aside from that, we do something utterly crazy—something that I haven’t heard anyone else do. About four times a year, we take an extended trip together. Last month, we hopped on a huge bus and took off to Baguio for four days. No business meetings. We just wanted to bond as brothers. Sometimes, we take our families in these crazy trips.

What are we doing? We’re making regular deposits of love to each other’s emotional bank accounts.

Be faithful.

Here’s the second strategy…

2. Be Forbearing

If you want to avoid unnecessary conflicts, you need to learn how to accept other’s weaknesses.

My wife has learned to live with my many weaknesses.

Example?

I’m totally clueless when it comes with directions. I get lost inside my house. “Sweetheart, where’s the toilet again?”

Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But I’m clueless where the North, South, East, and West are.

She’s accepted that as a fact of life and lives with it. She doesn’t get frustrated when we get lost on the road.

I’m also not good working with my hands. I can change a light bulb, yes. But don’t expect me to do anything else. My wife knows that. She’s totally given up the stereotypical expectation that husbands can fix stuff around the house. Today, she insists that I stay away from any malfunctioning equipment, lest I end up destroying it even more.

Another weakness? I tend to forget where I park my car. I can memorize an entire Talk verbatim with 8 major points and 63 sub-points, but I can’t—even if my life depended on it—remember where I parked my car in a parking lot. Crazy but true. And my wife has learned to live with that. When I ask her, “Sweets, where did I park the car?” she doesn’t get angry. She just smiles. She knows she’s married to this one-of-a-kind human being.

That’s forbearance.

I’ve learned to live with my wife’s weaknesses too.

And if you think I’ll talk about them here, you’re wrong. Talking about my wife’s weaknesses has been proven to be hazardous to my health and endangers my existence in this universe.

But I forbear. When her weaknesses show, I just smile.

Actually, they’re not weaknesses. They’re just part of who she is—and I love the entire package.

That’s why we avoid a lot of conflicts in our marriage. St. Paul says,Forbear with one another…(Colossians 3:13) and Therefore, accept one another…(Romans 15:17)

Next week, I’ll share with you the third and fourth strategy of avoiding unnecessary conflicts in your life, plus a Bonus strategy.

May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez

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Di Masukat na Pagbibigay

Lucas 21:1-4

1Sa kaniyang pagtingala, nakita ni Jesus ang mga mayayaman na naghuhulog ng kanilang mga kaloob sa kaban ng yaman. 2Nakita rin niya ang isang dukhang balo na naghuhulog doon ng dalawang sentimos. 3Sinabi niya: Katotohanang sinasabi ko sa inyo: Ang dukhang balong ito ay naghulog ng higit kaysa sa lahat. 4Ito ay sapagkat mula sa kaniyang karukhaan ay inihulog niya ang lahat niyang kabuhayan. Ang mga mayamang ito ay naghulog ng mga kaloob sa Diyos mula sa mga labis nila.

Giving without Measure

Luke 21:1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

 

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Judgment of the Nations

Matthew 25: 31-46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him.  And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.  Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’

And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Paghuhukom sa mga Bansa

Mateo 25:31-46

31Darating ang Anak ng Tao sa kaniyang kaluwalhatian kasama ng mga banal na anghel. Kapag siya ay dumating, siya ay uupo sa trono ng kaniyang kaluwalhatian. 32Titipunin niya ang lahat ng mga bansa sa kaniyang harapan. Ihihiwalay niya sila sa isa’t isa katulad ng paghihiwalay ng pastol sa mga tupa mula sa mga kambing. 33Itatalaga niya ang mga tupa sa kaniyang kanang kamay, ngunit ang mga kambing ay sa kaniyang kaliwa.

34Pagkatapos ay sasabihin ng hari sa mga nasa kaniyang kanang kamay: Halikayo, mga pinagpala ng aking Ama. Manahin ninyo ang paghaharing inihanda sa inyo mula pa nang itatag ang sanlibutan. 35Ito ay sapagkat nagutom ako at binigyan ninyo ako ng makakain. Nauhaw ako at binigyan ninyo ako ng maiiinom. Ako ay naging taga-ibang bayan at ako ay inyong pinatuloy. 36Ako ay naging hubad at dinamitan ninyo. Nagkasakit ako at ako ay inyong dinalaw. Nabilanggo ako at ako ay inyong pinuntahan.

37Sasagot naman ang mga matuwid sa kaniya: Panginoon, kailan ka namin nakitang nagutom at pinakain ka namin o nauhaw at binigyan ng maiinom? 38Kailan ka namin nakitang naging taga-ibang bayan at pinatuloy ka o naging hubad at dinamitan ka namin? 39Kailan ka namin nakitang nagkasakit o nabilanggo at dumalaw kami sa iyo?

40Sasagot ang hari sa kanila: Katotohanang sinasabi ko sa inyo: Anuman ang ginawa ninyo sa isa sa pinakamaliit na kapatid ko, ginawa ninyo ito sa akin.

41Sasabihin din niya roon sa mga nasa kaliwa: Lumayo kayo sa akin, mga isinumpa. Doon kayo sa apoy na walang hanggan na inihanda para sa diyablo at sa kaniyang mga anghel. 42Ito ay sapagkat nagutom ako ngunit hindi ninyo ako binigyan ng makakain. Nauhaw ako ngunit hindi ninyo ako binigyan ng maiinom. 43Ako ay naging taga-ibang bayan ngunit hindi ninyo ako pinatuloy. Ako ay naging hubad ngunit hindi ninyo ako dinamitan. Nagkasakit ako at nabilanggo ngunit hindi ninyo ako dinalaw.

44Sasagot din sila sa kaniya: Panginoon, kailan ka namin nakitang nagutom, o nauhaw, o naging taga-ibang bayan, o naging hubad o nabilanggo at hindi kami naglingkod sa iyo?

45Siya ay sasagot sa kanila na sinasabi: Katotohanang sinasabi ko sa inyo: Anuman ang hindi ninyo ginawa para sa isa sa mga pinakamaliit na ito, hindi rin ninyo ito ginawa sa akin.

46Ang mga ito ay pupunta sa kaparusahang walang hanggan. Ngunit ang mga matuwid ay sa buhay na walang hanggan.

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God of the Living

Luke 20: 27-40

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,”Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child,his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.

Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.”

Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.

They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called “Lord, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well.” And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

Diyos ng mga Buhay

Lucas 20:27-40

27Pumunta sa kaniya ang ilan sa mga Saduseo na tumatangging mayroong muling pagkabuhay. Nagtanong sila sa kaniya: 28Guro, si Moises ay sumulat sa amin na kapag mamatay ang kapatid na lalaking may asawa at walang anak, dapat kunin ng kapatid niyang lalaki ang asawa nito. Kukunin ng kapatid ang asawang babae upang magkaanak para sa kaniyang kapatid na namatay. 29Mayroon ngang pitong magkakapatid na lalaki. Ang una ay nag-asawa at namatay na walang anak. 30Kinuha siya ng pangalawa upang maging asawa at ang lalaki ay namatay na walang anak. 31Ang babae ay kinuha ng pangatlo at hanggang sa pampito, gayon ang nangyari. Wala silang iniwang anak at namatay. 32Sa kahuli-hulihan, namatay din ang babae. 33Kung magkagayon, sa muling pagkabuhay, kaninong asawa siya? Ito ay sapagkat naging asawa siya ng pito.

34Sumagot si Jesus: Ang mga anak ng kapanahunang ito ay nag-aasawa at ikinakasal. 35Ngunit sa kanila na itinuring na karapat-dapat na magtamo ng kapanahunang darating at ng muling pagkabuhay mula sa mga patay ay hindi nag-aasawa ni ikinakasal. 36Ito ay sapagkat hindi na sila mamamatay kailanman dahil sila ay magiging katulad ng mga anghel. Sa pagiging mga anak ng muling pagkabuhay, sila ay mga anak ng Diyos. 37Ngunit maging si Moises ay nagpatunay nito sa salaysay patungkol sa palumpong[a] na ang mga patay ay muling mabubuhay. Ito ay nang tawagin niya ang Panginoon na Diyos ni Abraham, Diyos ni Isaac at Diyos ni Jacob. 38Ang Diyos ay hindi Diyos ng mga patay kundi Diyos ng mga buhay. Ito ay sapagkat ang lahat ay nabubuhay sa kaniya.

39Sumagot ang ilang guro ng kautusan: Guro, mahusay ang pagkasabi mo. 40Hindi na sila naglakas ng loob kailanman na magtanong sa kaniya ng anumang bagay.

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A Den of Thieves

Luke 19:45-48

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.”And every day he was teaching in the temple area.

The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.

Isang Yungib ng mga Tulisan

Lucas 19:45-48

45Sa kaniyang pagpasok sa templo, itinaboy niya ang mga nagtitinda at namimili roon. 46Sinabi niya sa kanila:

“Nasusulat:  Ang aking bahay ay isang bahay dalanginan.  Ngunit ginawa ninyo itong yungib ng mga tulisan.”

 47At nagturo si Jesus sa templo araw-araw. Ang mga pinunong-saserdote, ang mga guro ng kautusan at ang mga pinuno ng mga tao ay naghanap ng paraan upang mapatay siya. 48Hindi nila masumpungan ang maaari nilang gawin dahil ang mga tao ay matamang nakikinig sa kaniya.

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