5 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God. And every one that loveth him who begot, loveth him also who is born of him.2 In this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God, and keep his commandments.3 For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not heavy.4 For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith.5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?6 This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth, that Christ is the truth.7 And there are three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one.8 And there are three that give testimony on earth: the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one.9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony of God, which is greater, because he hath testified of his Son.10 He that believeth in the Son of God, hath the testimony of God in himself. He that believeth not the Son, maketh him a liar: because he believeth not in the testimony which God hath testified of his Son.11 And this is the testimony, that God hath given to us eternal life. And this life is in his Son.12 He that hath the Son, hath life. He that hath not the Son, hath not life.13 These things I write to you, that you may know that you have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God.14 And this is the confidence which we have towards him: That, whatsoever we shall ask according to his will, he heareth us.
A reflection. What a beautiful passage that I read today. So much so, that I feel I need to share. This passage to me shows the validity not only of our faith, but that we are destined to eternal life, because God not only wants us to be, but he wants to deliver us from the earthly life- it’s temptations, its sins, its evil. The evil one has no domain over the kingdom of Heaven, but has his will in our life, and in our bodies, unless- we turn to Him. Man can reflect, man can justify at his will, but it is truly wrong unless it comes to God. Man cannot justify anything without the will and testament of the Holy Spirit. God sent himself down to earth in the image of man, not only so that He could understand sin and our plight against it, but so we could turn to Him and have everlasting life. No man triumphs our Lord. No policy, no law, no will. My personal will is that of God. To know Him daily, to love Him, and to put forth and share His love and understanding so that all may know and understand Him. He gave His Son to us, so that we could live. His passion on the Cross was a message of His love. He had the ability to stop all, to live, but He chose to die, so that we could live and understand His mercy and compassion. No man is above God, and we should utilize and understand His scripture so that we may live as he wants, always testifying against evil, always willing and able to do good, through the free will that He has given us as a gift. There is nothing on this planet; no man that can save me here on Earth. Only the trinity- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Let us not forget His sacrifice here on Earth, and the gift that He has given us all. Let us not turn to any man, ideal, or policy, that is against the will of our Lord. Spiritual battles must be fought, and we must be its Soldiers. You must pick up the Cross, and carry it forward, always asking for His mercy and His forgiveness when we fail. But the path is not easy, the road is not straight; but let us always stay focused, let us always keep up the fight, and let us never give up. He is there for us all- whom will you help to get them there? Let us follow the example of our Blessed Mother, always willing and able to do God’s will. Let us follow the example of Saint Joseph, protecting God and His word, asking for his Mercy, and being compassionate towards those that are struggling to get there. God Bless! ~CJA
“Do we wish to love the Lord? I do not think there is anyone who would say no; but let us remember that the word love (amare) in exile sounds very much the same as the word bitter (amaro). Therefore let us try to love even though in suffering, because suffering is the very thing that causes us to expiate our sins and is intended for us by the Lord. Only in Paradise does one love without suffering. And so let us garb ourselves in patience, constancy and perseverance. It is the Lord who thus commanded us. Nay, he himself came to wed love to suffering. He will not deny you the aide necessary to assume the burden of this present life and to be able one day to receive the reward of love without suffering” ~ Saint Padre Pio