The Hard Work and Good Fruit of Holy Living – Ed Lapiz
It’s natural for us to sin – it’s easier for us to do.
1. Focus on heavenly things.
2. Defocus on earthly things. It’s not sinful to want to eat delicious nata de coco or wear beautiful clothes. It only becomes sinful when it leads to us stealing or feeling discontent without certain things. Starve the sinful nature, not the body itself.
Sexual immorality, lust desire, greed, anger, malice, filthy language
3. Listen to your conscience, or it will harden (become manhid).
4. Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness and gentleness. As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly-loved. Since you received love from God, you must also love people. Loving people is a difficult thing to do.
Why? When you love, you avoid doing sinful things. You gloss over your loved ones’ mistakes and focus on their strengths. Wives who love their husbands so much diminish their big accomplishments and successes to make their husbands look big.
It’s difficult to obey the Lord, but it’s harder to follow Satan.
5. Become more loving. Focus on the person’s lovable qualities.
6. If you do all these things, you’ll have peace. Peace is brought about by contentment and thankfulness.
7. Don’t control or manipulate all things. Don’t always actively try and rearrange things.
8. Determine what and what’s not important.
During the time of the Japanese, Filipinos were able to make cars run using coconut oil. But after the war, it stopped because government officials receive kickback when there are huge imports. We started importing oil.
9. Don’t worry about harvests. Worry about what you plant. Work hard on planting and you’ll get the fruits of such hard work.
We’ll experience hardships in life anyway, so it’s better to do good things and suffer knowing that you’ll reap good fruits.
What you plant is what you harvest. If you want your life to become orderly, make others lives orderly. If you want someone to help you, help others. If you make things happen for others, God will make things happen for you.
10. Don’t just focus on the here and now. If it will not be important after 10 million years, let it go.