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MAINTAINING A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP IN THE BRIDE OF CHRIST


Preached on 8TH And 22ND JANUARY, 2006 At THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD ONITSHA By APOSTLE PETER ODOEMENA THE SON OF MAN © BRIDE OF CHRIST MINISTRY WORLD-WIDE

When this life is over, you will know that I am HE. There is nowhere you will go without meeting Me. If you will go to Heaven, I will put you there; if you will go to Hellfire, equally, I will put you there. Believe it if you can…
Son of Man
17 - 12 - 2008 


If the Son of Man has not been given to you, you would have been in the dark like the people in the world who are in the dark. If you have been illuminated and librated and then you want Me to believe that, if you continue to walk as people that are in the dark in spite of the illumination, that God will take you anyhow put your hand in the Scriptures, it is not there. No man of God has ever given that type of libration.

If you continue to rebel, if you continue to disobey, God will do everything for us but He will never save us in disobedience. Even to the people of Israel He never saved them in disobedience, rather He called them back into His Word.
-Son of Man
GOD’S NATURE IS YOUR TICKET TO PARADISE PP 69, VS 53 AND 54

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SELF-CONTROL: A MUST FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Every man has two creators; his God and himself. His first creator furnishes him with the raw materials of his life and the guiding or regulatory principles or legal frame work in conformity with which he can make that life what he will. His second creator, himself, has marvellous powers he rarely realizes. It is what a man makes of himself that counts most.
2. When a man fails, in life, he usually says. “I am as God made me”. This is why the scriptures even confirm that a man spoils his ways and blame it on destiny. When he succeeds, he proudly says “I am a self made man”.
3. Man is placed by God in this world not as a finality but as a possibility. Man’s greatest enemy ever is himself. Man in his weakness is the creature of circumstances while in his strength; he is a creator of circumstances. Whether he be victim or victor depends largely on himself.
4. No man is ever truly great merely for what he is but ever for what he may become. Until a man is truly filled with the knowledge of the majesty of his possibility, until there comes to him the glow of realization of his privilege to live the life committed to him as an individual  life for which he is individually responsible, he is merely groping through the years.
5. To see his life as he might make it, man must go up alone into the mountains of spiritual thoughts as Christ our Lord went alone to the Garden, leaving the world to get strength to live in the world. He must there, breathe in the fresh, pure air of recognition of his divine importance as an individual and with purified mind, tingling with new strength he must approach the problems of his daily living.
6. Man needs less of the “I am a mere feeble worm of the dust” idea in his theology and more of the conception “I am a great human soul with marvellous possibilities”, as a vital element in his daily activities.
7. With this broadening, stimulating awareness and view of life, he sees how he may attain his kingship through self- control. This self-control that is seen in the simplest phases of daily living is precisely the same in kind and quality, differing only in degree of attainment. Any man can attain this self-control if he only will; it is but a matter of paying the price.
8. The power of self-control is one of the greatest from the qualities that differentiates man from the lower animals. This is why I maintain that any man without self-control is a miniature human being; one that operates below base levels of human behaviour or a beast. Man is the only animal capable of a moral struggle or moral conquest.
9. Every step in the progress of the world has been a new “control”. It has always been escaping from the tyranny of a fact, to the understanding and mastery of that fact.
10. For ages, man looked in terror at the lightening flash but today, he understands it is electricity, a force he has mastered and made his slave. The million phases of electrical inventions, computers, communication gadgets etc are manifestations of our control over a great force. But the greatest of all “Control” is self-control.
11. At each moment of a man’s life, he is either a king or a slave.
As he surrenders to a wrong appetite, to any human weakness, as he falls prostrate in hopeless subjection to any condition, to any environment, to any failure or habit, he becomes a slave.
12. As he day-to-day crushes out human weakness, masters within him and day-by-day recreates a new self from the sin or ignorance and folly of this past. He is then a King. Every mistake is past. Every correction is for the future. Ruminate on the past for improvement but do not carry it forward for that will be anti-progressive.
13. It is a King that rules himself with wisdom. Do not be Alexander the Great who conquered the world but himself; an emperor over the earth but a servile slave over his own passions.
14. Some people look with envy over the possession of others and wish they were the owners. Sometimes, they feel this is a vague, dreamy way with no thoughts of real attainments as when we wish to wear another man’s crown or self satisfaction.
15. Sometimes, however, we grow bitter, storm at the wrong distribution of the good things of life, and then relapse into a hopeless, fatalistic acceptance of our condition. We envy the success of others when we should emulate the process by which the success came.
16. We see the splendid physical development of great men, yet we forget that they must have passed through difficulties in their childhood before attaining greatness. Sometimes, we talk about the power and spiritual strength of St. Paul without realizing the weak Saul of Tarsus from which he was transformed through his self-control.
17. We shut our eyes to the thousands of instances of the world’s success—mental, moral, physical, financial or spiritual, wherein the great final success came from, a beginning far weaker and poorer than our own.
18. Any man may attain self-control if he only will. He must not gain it except by long continued payment of the price in small progressive expenditures of energy.
19. Nature is a strong believer in the instalment plan in her relations with the individual. No man is so poor that he cannot begin to pay for what he wants arid every, small individual payment .that he makes, nature stores and accumulates for him a reserve fund.
20. The patience man extends in bearing the little trials of his daily life, nature stores for him in a wondrous reserve in a crisis of life. With nature, the moral, mental, physical or emotional energy he expends daily in right doing or living is all stored for him and transmitted into strength.
21. Nature never accepts a cash payment in full for anything; this would be an injustice to the poor and to the weak. It is only the progressive instalment plan that nature recognizes.
22. No man can make a habit in a moment or break it in a moment. It is a matter of development of growth. But at any moment, man may begin to make or begin to break any habit. This view of the growth of character should serve as a mighty stimulus to any man who sincerely desires and determines to live nearer to the limit of his potentialities and to His Creator.
23. Self-control may be developed in precisely that same manner as we tone up a weak muscle, by little exercise day by day. Let us each day do as mere exercises of discipline in moral, mental and emotional gymnastic, a few acts that seem disagreeable to us, the doing of which will help us in instant action in hour of need. The exercises may be very simple with long-term rewards.
24. A man can attain self-control in great things, only through self control in little things. If a man is faithful over a small thing,  he will be faithful over a big thing vice versa.
25. a sensible and wise man must study himself to discover what is the weak point in his amour, what is the element in him that ever keeps him from the fullest success. This is the characteristic upon which a good fellow should begin his exercise in self-control.
26. Is it selfishness, vanity, cowardice, moodiness, temper, laziness, worry, anxiety, mind-wondering, lack of purpose, lack of motivation etc? Whatever form human weakness assumes in the masquerade of life he must discover.
27. He must live each day as if his whole exercise or activity were telescoped and monitored by a Supreme Intelligence down to the single day before him.
28. With no useless regret for the past, no useless worry for the future, he should live that day as if it were his only day. The only day left for him to assert all that is best in him, the only day left for him to conquer all that is worst in him.
29. He should master the weak element within him at each slight manifestation from moment to moment. Each moment must then be a victory for it or for him. Will he be king or will he be slave? The answer rests with man.






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MAINTAINING A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP IN THE BRIDE
Daily interactions at all levels among us bring frictions from time to time. This is my observation after many years of sojourn among the Bride of Christ.
2. To oil the cogs of the monotonous grind of everyday living or association with fellow brethren and of course other human beings therefore, good inter-personal skills must be developed and practiced among us to make for perfection of the Bride in beauty, understanding, wisdom, jurisprudence.
3. The ability to control and subdue all negative thoughts, feelings, emotions etc., that lead to negative actions is called discipline. No more, no less. A disciplined mind radiates light while an unrefined, crude and empty speaks gloom and doom even at a glance and on contact.
4. Let us therefore consider some of these basic Godly principles that can assist and boost our interpersonal skills and relationships as we go down the trail of this charismatic movement.
THE VALUE OF A SMILE
5. It costs nothing but creates much. It enriches those who receive without
impoverishing those who give, it happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts a lifetime.
6. Nobody is so rich that he can get along without it and nobody is so poor that he can be rich for its benefits. It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in a business, and is the unavoidable sign of friends.
7. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet, it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody till it is given away.
8. And if in the last minute rush to buying, some of our salespeople should be too busy or tired to give you a smile, may I ask you to please, leave one of yours.
9. For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give out. Therefore put up a smiling face with a high level of sincerity and love before your fellow man. Let everyday open with a smile for you. It does not make you foolish at all. Happiness is not foolishness but unhappiness is the height of folly.
10. A beam of smile miraculously heals all wounds, hurts, injuries and hateful feelings. Try it today and you will have an everlasting testimony. Smile, nature’s hidden treasure that eases out frustration and mellows down tempers, an unavoidable and undeniable attribute of God’s children.
WHY AVOID CRITICISM?
11. Most interpersonal conflicts arise from careless use of the wonderful power of speech. The tongue can heal and also has the potential for much pain and hurt. We seldom see the good in others but we are quick to see their mistakes.
12. We criticize our loved ones and make them feel inadequate sometimes in the presence of strangers. Most of the hurt we experience from our loved ones or even our superiors come by way of criticisms, words that we cannot dare use on strangers, we so freely use on those who depend on us for comfort, reassurance and succour.
THE DARK SIDE OF CRITICISM (UNCONSTRUCTIVE)
13 It puts one on the defensive; usually makes him strive to justify himself; Wounds a person’s precious pride; Hurts his sense of importance; arouses his resentment.
14. If you must criticize, please apply the following rules (constructive). A good barber leathers a man before cutting his hair.  
15. Begin with praises and honest appreciation; Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly; Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing others; Ask questions instead of giving direct orders; Let the other person save his face; Praise the slightest and every improvement; Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to; Use encouraging words to make the fault seem easy to correct; Make people happy about doing the thing you suggest.
SHOWING PERSONAL INTEREST IN OTHERS
16. It is often said that a man’s tooth ache is more important to him than a plane crash that killed one million people in Lisa; Ogun State, in Nigeria. To get people’s interest therefore, we must become genuinely interested in them and their problems.
17. We must have a good time meeting people if we must expect them to have a good time meeting us. Where honesty and sincerity of purpose exist among brethren, problems can only be shared through interpersonal interactions.
18. It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow man and his affairs, that has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is among such individuals that all human failures spring up.
19. The world we are living in is full of grabbing, self-seeking individuals, but the very rare transparent seed of God, who unselfishly tries to serve others, has an enormous advantage because he has little or no competitors.
20. Make your brother or sister feel important and do it very sincerely. The great impact which words like “Thank you brother or Sister”, “I appreciate your kind. gesture, your concern or interest etc”, “please, brother or sister, can you afford to help me do this or that?”“Please, I am very sorry, forgive me” etc., can make in strengthening our affectionate ties cannot be over emphasized.
21. this words can help to oil cogs of monotonous grind of everyday living and incidentally they are the hallmark of good breeding.
22. It wilt take a fool to indulge in a violent controversy with a mortal fellow. No man who is resolved to make the most of himself ever spares his precious time for personal contention.
23. Better give your pathway to a dog than be bitten by a dog in contesting or contending for the right of way. Even killing the dog will not cure the bite.





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UNDERSTANDING HUMAN NATURE
People are different. Even children of God from the same parents may have personality traits that ‘are in stark contradictions. It is therefore very important for every true child of God to realise that there are different personality traits or temperaments, in spite of the uniformity of teachings and doctrines we have received and how best to deal with each trait so as to maintain and sustain the love, unity and confidence in Bride of Christ.
2. It is equally more important for every true child of God in this faith of Christ to know his or her own personality trait, also because anybody living in a glass house should not attempt hauling stones at somebody.
3. For clarity of this message, I wish to classify people’s approaches to life into four different categories. (1) Expressive Category. (2) Amiable Category (3) Analytical Category (4) Cold and Reserved Category. Each of these terms I have decided to use to pass this message across, represents a basic personality trait.
GETTING TO THE TOP
4. I wish to digress a little here before visiting the four categories of personalities afore mentioned. Motivation is an essential ingredient in getting to the top in every facet of human life and the overall aim of this message is to motivate you, to inculcate in yourself, a habit or character that will spur you on to higher heights in all things pertaining to life and Godliness.
5. Motivation is an energizer that makes you friendlier, happier and healthier. It clears or refines your thinking, increases your creativity, stimulates your mentality and uplifts you emotionally.
6. A motivated person is more productive and active than an unmotivated person. Knowing what your motives are enables you to accept motivation efforts or bids being made by any Minister, Brother or Sister to build you up.
7. We are all unique and complicated individuals and many variables have
directed our lives thus far. Education is a function of information and is power. If you think education is not good, try ignorance. If the police is doing nothing, try the use of thugs or hooligans.
8. If I do not train you, I should not blame you in all your shortcomings. Therefore, it is a part of my responsibility as your Guard to guide you into the knowledge of all truths about life.
9. If I succeed in raising your awareness and conciseness about issues pertaining to life and godliness, no devil or his agent will deceive you with fables and half-truths. I am also of the opinion that the best way to make a people governable is to educate, inform and enlighten them on the basic truth about life.
10. The following information about personal behaviour preferences can help us along our journey if we understand how they apply to us. Knowing your behaviour preference will help you to identify what motivates you to make the choices you make from time to time.
11. When you discover what informs your choices, you can use that information to find your real natural strength and potentialities and thus make choices that best fit your style. Staying motivated is considerably easier and customising your job or character to your natural style is possible with acquired information about your personal trait.
12. When you understand the different personality traits, the knowledge will help you to deal more effectively and friendly with your brethren, your children and even your associates without, your neighbours and even anybody else without offending the spirit of God at all.
13. It will make you to be at peace with yourself and maintain a conscience void of offence before God and man. You will acquire such a peace of mind this wholesome knowledge avail, helping you to avoid overtly or covertly criticising or condemning yourself and others.
14. This knowledge will enable you to maximize your God given potentials and encourage others to do same. You will be more tolerant than ever and more understanding in all your dealings with not only your brethren but others outside the faith on a daily basis and they in turn will appreciate and feel more drawn to you.
15. Having stressed the need for motivation in our daily lives and the importance of understanding the various behaviours of human beings, let me go straight to highlight the four categories of personality traits I earlier mentioned in the opening of this message.
FOUR CATEGORIES OF PERSONALITY TRAITS
16. The Expressive Category: This group is always seeking authority, freedom to do all things whether good or evil, prestige, difficult assignments that will bring them to limelight; will like to know everything or activities of all but will never permit anybody to know about their own.
17. Stubbornness, arrogant disposition and conflict form their daily meals. It is from these self-seeking and extremely materialistic individuals that rebellions draw their origin. This category is very sharp and smart even to overcome obstacles while the ignorant that follow suffer. They are popular and pious in appearance.
18. How do you deal with such a group? Develop the right attitude to them and see whether there is room for improvement and dwell mainly on the identifiable good traits that will make for a peaceful coexistence. Do riot contest or contend your path with a dog. Avoid their interest areas.
19. The Amiable Category: This is a very high tolerant group, easily entreated, full of appreciation and ready to say sorry for every mistake from the depth of their heart. This is where motivators dominate.
20. Exchange of ideas and industry is their preoccupation. Their creative ability is high because no room is given for gossip or criticisms. They protect their social status and integrity without hurting anybody’s feeling. They carry people along in all their doings.
21. They recognise individual abilities for development and use friendly words on people while expressing their feelings. They have freedom with restraint because they believe there is no absolute freedom anywhere in the world. How do you cope with this category?
22. Emulate their good qualities but do not envy them. Envy will generate bad blood in you and will make you not to appreciate a good quality. If you cannot associate with this group, do not try to discourage them or frustrate them for that may bring about conflict. God is delighted in this group.
23. Analytical Category: This is where average minded persons dominate. This group will always analyse, investigate and. scrutinise everything that comes their way. This group is very much afraid of future, very much afraid of taking risks. There can never be gain without risk.
26. Where there is much gain, there must be much risk.
24. This group will like to have the right answers before a question is asked but only to discover that they missed it all. This group takes pleasure in discussing events and enjoy visitation to pleasurable places that offer them opportunities to exchange jokes. How do you cope with this group?
25. Dwell with them in weakness and avoid learning their habit. Find time to reveal their faults to them indirectly by asking them questions that will relate to their characters and dispositions on certain issues. Do not attack them directly for that will bring about conflict. This is so because every man has an ego to defend.
26. The Cool and Reserved Category: This is the worst group of people on Earth. It is from this group that all hurts and injuries to fellow man spring up. This group pretends that all is well when inwardly they are boiling and steaming against everybody.
27. To this group, nothing works at all. Introduce every laudable programme, they will in their hearts mutter “e no go work” and they will go to all lengths to make sure it does not work. They are never at peace with themselves because they are never at peace with anybody.
28. They usually have the feeling that everybody is on their throats hence they love to be reserved and cool. They give the impression that they are being carried along with others when they had made up their minds not to move an inch with anybody’s opinion.
29. They are not easily entreated because nobody knows their minds. They can hardly forgive any ill done to them because they create no room for dialogue or friendly discussions at all. They love to give orders and sanctions to people that try to correct them. They are easily irritated and very violent. They ask inquisitive questions that will generate strife.
30. Sometimes, they do not see reasons why they should salute or smile even in the fellowship of the Saints. They are very hard hearted and resent good approaches. This group looks cool and reserved but all gossipers, critics and faultfinders abound here. To this group, freedom should not be mentioned at all.
31. They love bondage and slavery, using religious covering to cloak wickedness. All sadists find solace here. People that take pleasure in making people unhappy. How do you relate with this category?
32. This group is very difficult to handle. It calls for wisdom. Always meet them when they look a little friendly and approachable. Brighten them by stimulating friendly discussions using appreciation and admiring strategies.
33. Strictly place it at the back of your mind that this category does not serve God because they do not have His nature or attributes. They are the mixed grills characteristic of every human association or congregation.
34. Apply accommodation strategies, having a good understanding of who you are having dealings with and his or her limitations. This will keep you in the bond of peace with God and man.
35. With the revelation of the various personality traits, you will in no doubt have identified your personality trait. You need to bear this in mind while relating to others.
36. Interestingly also, I believe that this knowledge will help you to seek improvements sincerely because you will not like to be a cast away in the end. Discovering your weakness is the first step to an improved living.
37. Can we now begin to adjust our dominant traits to suit certain circumstances we confront in our daily lives? Do we blame our inability to change for the better to destiny, or insincerity of purpose? Every excuse is part of the problem.
38. I have decided to expose you to this wide range of knowledge to raise your awareness, consciousness and readiness to succeed where others failed. Amen.





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LIFE WORTH LIVING
An unexamined life is not worth living. This teaches us that there is something about life which if not properly and strictly examined, if not properly understood, if not properly addressed, could make such a life the equivalent of death, and therefore not worth living.
2. An individual who calls himself a human being must not only exist for a purpose but should live for a purpose. There is something about the life of man that proves to us that we are not created nor born to live purposelessly, for purposelessness is the very enemy of life, the very enemy of the individual.
3. Since human beings constitute or make up a family, a nation or society, purposelessness of the individual citizen is the very enemy of this nation, family or society. It is therefore very obvious that there is something about an individual’s life which if not exposed to check and censure would make: such a life a very regrettable ordeal thus a terrible doom to the concerned nations or society or family.
4. The value of life is measured by the positive contributions or inputs made by the living to the society one finds himself or herself materially or spirituality. This is why the greatness of a man is measured by his creativity and innovative ideas which he passes on to the society as his legacies. This is the very purpose of life.
5. The moment a man becomes dogged and focused, he begins to develop these hidden talents in him that will help him to achieve his set goals in life. Whoever that accepts this truth is already on his or her way to stardom. Let us discover them in our individual lives, through self-examination, that which will hinder us from achieving greatness.
6. The world we are living in today has advanced beyond Biblical days. Believe it if you can.
7. The Biblical injunction that we should be content with mere provision of raiment and food because we came into this world empty handed and will take nothing out of it when we die does not hold any water today.
8. Anybody, whose purpose of living is to provide for himself only food and clothing, has succeeded inlaying an eternal foundation for poverty.
9. It is just like somebody who is focused on going without food, wearing of worn-out dresses and shoes or even going naked on the streets or taking refuge on the mountains and caves in the wilderness, declaring the world unfit for him to live in, all for the sake of Jesus Christ.
10. To follow this type of example laid down by the Apostles of Jesus Christ in the Bible will mean a disaster and unprofitable life to the practitioner or adherent.
11. Those that devised and imposed the Bible upon their fellow mankind, do they obey the contents at all? If they had obeyed, will they be regarded as advanced countries today? Advanced from what? Advanced from primitive orientation and ideologies of course whose origin, is religion.
12. It will be arrant stupidity on the side of any man who exists for the purpose of getting food and clothing for himself or herself alone. This is why I still maintain that anybody that is anxious of going to heaven must be useless on earth if he is not properly guided.
13. For you to know whether the life you are living now is worth living, you must ask yourself these relevant questions: (a) What can I record as my achievements so far at my age? (b) Am I satisfied with my achievements so far? (c) What can I ascribe to my success or failure if any? (d) Do I have any room for improvement or is it the best I can afford now and in the future?
14. The answer you supply to these questions will tell you whether the life you are living now is worth living or not. You do not need any minister or brother or sister to tell you that you are doing well or very badly. No man can attain greatness without addressing these questions in life.
15. It is what a man is determined to achieve in life, the legacy he wants to leave behind, that determines his attitude to life. No man ever folds his arms or indulges in reckless living, attains greatness. The will power must be exercised which says, “I must succeed where others failed.”
16. He does not accept the syndicate opinion that the road is rough until he has tried it himself. Perhaps, he may discover why those people failed in their bid and this discovery will be a stimulus for him to develop courage, knowing that there is no easy way to success.
17. Nothing is hard or easy, but the approach determines the state of all things.
18. Life without challenges is not worth living. By challenges, I mean, those interesting and unavoidable situations that confront us daily, as we jostle and throttle through life’s activities. It is the ability of a man to brace up to these challenges as they arise that makes him great.
19. Every man must be prepared to have a clear cut definition of his objectives in purpose of his living.
20. The moment this is done, he will begin to ‘appreciate the enormous challenges before him and will also begin to harness his daily living so as to accomplish the tasks before him.
21. There will be no room again for unprofitable waste of time, energy, resources both financial and otherwise because all his attention must be geared towards achieving his noble objectives which of course will make him great.
22. This type of life is worth living, more especially when this is done in the fear and honour of Christ as a child of God. This individual will no longer be a disgrace to his family or society but a blessing.
23. Note: The quality of a family or nation is measured by the number of progressive individuals that make up that family or nation and not by the
number of fools and nonentities that find their ways into the family and wear the family’s name as tags.



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DO IT IN LOVE AND NOT AS A DUTY
Duty is the most over lauded vocabulary of life. Duty is the cold bare anatomy of righteousness. Duty looks at life as a debt to be paid; loves sees life as a dept to be collected. Duty is ever paying assessments; love is
continually counting its premiums.
2. Duty is forced like a pump; love is spontaneous like a fountain. Duty is prescribed as formal; it is part of the stringency of life. It means running on moral rails. It is good enough as a beginning; it is poor as a finality
3. Take for instance, a man who stands on the burning deck as his duty, and commits suicide on a technical point of obedience, will be praised as a model of faithfulness to duty, as one that dies in active service.
4. This man surely is a victim of blind adherence to the stringency of duty, He is placing the whole responsibility for his acts on someone outside himself. He is helplessly waiting for instructions in the hour of emergency when he should have acted for himself and so he dies. His act is an empty sacrifice.
5. It is useless throwing away human life. It does no good to his family and to the society even to the job.
6. His death means a spectacular exit from life, the cowardly fear of an investigating panel that may be set against him as a result of his escape, or a brave man’s loyalty, a misguided sense of duty indeed.
7. A human life, with its wondrous possibilities, is too sacred an individual trust to be thus lightly thrown into eternity as a result of stringency of duty. We should try as much as we can to avoid a morbid faithfulness to a discipline or duty from which a great convulsion of nature has released us through the gospel of Christ.
8. A man who gives one hour of his life to loving, consecrated service to humanity is doing a higher, better, truer work in the sight of God than anyone else.
9. Analyze, if you will, any of the great historic instances of loyalty to duty and you will find the presence of the real element that made the act almost divine.
10. It was not a mere sense of duty that compelled the Late Dr. Akanu Ibiam to establish the Red Cross Society in Nigeria. It was the sense of duty, warmed and vivified by a love for humanity. It was a heroic courage of a heart filled with divine pity and sympathy.
11. Duty is a very hard mechanical process for making people do things that love would make so easy. It is a poor understudy to love. It is not a high enough motive with which to inspire humanity. Duty is the body to which love is the soul.
12. Love in the divine alchemy of life, transmutes all duties into privileges, all responsibilities into joys.
13. The workman who drops his tools at the stroke of twelve, as suddenly as if he has been struck by a lightening, may be doing his duty, but he is doing nothing more.
14. No man has made a great success of his life or a fit preparation for immortality by doing merely his duty. He must do that and more. If he puts love into his duty, the “more” will be very easy.
15. A medical nurse may watch faithfully at the bedside of a sick child as a duty, but to the mother’s heart, the care of the little child, in the battle against death, is never a duty. The golden miracle of love thrown over every act makes the word “duty” sound like a desecration voice.
16. When a child turns out badly in his later years, the parent may say, “Well, I always did my duty to him,” Then, it is no wonder the boy turned wrong or bad. “Doing his duty to his son” too often implies merely providing food, lodging, clothes and education by the parent. Why? A public institution would give that to any child.
17. What the boy needs most is deep draughts of love, he needs to live in an atmosphere of sweet sympathy, counsel and trust.
18. The parent should ever be an unfailing refuge, a constant resource and inspiration and not a mere hotel or wardrobe or school of academy. This empty boast of mere parental duty is one of the dangers of our modern society.
19. The Bride of Christ’s faith stands forth as the only faith based on love, not duty. Christ’s faith sweeps duties into one word — LOVE. Love is the one great duty enjoined by the Bridal faith. What duty creeps to laboriously, love reaches in a moment on the wings of a dove.
20. Duty is not lost, condemned or destroyed in this Bridal faith, instead, it is dignified, purified and exalted and all its rough ways are made smooth by love.
21. The Supreme instance of generosity in the history of mankind, is not the giving of a million Naira by someone of great name, it is the giving of a mite by a widow whose name does not appear in any book in the whole world. Behind the widow’s mite was no sense of duty, it was the full free and perfect gift of a heart filled with love.
22. In the conquest of any weakness in our mental or moral make-up, in the attainment of any strength, in our highest and honest relationship with ourselves and to the rest of the world, let us ever make LOVE our watchword and not mere duty.
23. If we desire to live a life of truth and honesty, to make our word as strong as our bond, let us not expect to keep ourselves along the narrow pathway of truth under the constant lash of the whip of duty. Let us begin to love the truth, to fill our minds and life with the strong white light of sincerity and sterling honesty.
24. Let us love the truth so strongly that there will develop within us, without our conscious effort, an ever present horror of a lie or falsehood in all matters pertaining to life and godliness.
25. If we desire to do good among ourselves and in the society at large, let us begin to love ourselves and humanity, to realise more truly the great dominant note that sounds in every mortal, despite all the discords of life, the great natural bond of unity that makes us brothers and sisters.
26. Then, jealousy, malice, envy, unkind words and cruel misjudging will be eclipsed and lost in the sunshine of love.
27. The greatest triumph of this generation is not measured by its marvellous progress in invention, its giant strides in education, the wondrous increase in material comfort and wealth etc, but by the level of peace it has attained through love for God and mankind.
28. Peace is the breath, the perfume and the life of love. Love is the wonderful angel of life that rolls away all the stones of sorrow and suffering from the pathway of duty.
29. This short exhortation is aimed at helping us to develop the right attitudes to all the messages God has given to us for our own good. Let us not see our obedience to the messages from the point of duty but from the point of love
30. Whoever that does not love truth cannot practice it and that shows he is a counterfeit. With love for the truth, in our hearts, obedience to the word of God has been made simple.
31. There is no more henceforth, any admissible excuse for anybody that is in the faith of Christ, for not attaining the fullness of success in his life.
32. Every obstacle to the soul’s satisfaction in Christ has been removed forever and ever. With love, we can now serve God and one another. Amen.






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REFRAIN YOUR TONGUE FROM EVIL
AND BE PERFECT BEFORE GOD
The second most deadly instrument of human destruction is a loaded gun, the first is the human tongue. The gun merely kills bodies, but the tongue kills reputation and often times ruins characters.
2. Each loaded gun works alone but each loaded tongue has over a million accomplices. The havoc done by a gun is visible at once. The full evil of the tongue lives through all the years, even the eye of the Almighty God may grow tired in tracing it to its finality.
3. The crimes of the tongue are words of unkindness, of anger, of malice, of envy, of bitterness, of harsh criticism, gossip, lying and scandal.
4. Theft and murder are awful crimes against humanity, yet in any single year, the aggregate sorrow, pain and suffering they cause to mankind is microscopic when compared with the sorrows and pains that come from the crimes of the tongue.
5. At the hands of thieves or murderers, few people suffer even indirectly. But from the careless tongue of a friend or a brother or a sister, from the cruel tongue of envy and inferiority, who is free?
6. No human being, no matter how Holy Ghost filled he may claim to be, can live a life so true, so pure, to be beyond the reach of malice or immune from the poisonous emanations of envy.
7. The insidious attacks against one’s reputation, the loathsome innuendoes, slurs, falsettos, by which jealous mediocrity seeks to ruin his superiors, are like those insect parasites that kill the heart and life of a mighty oak tree.
8. So cowardly is the method, so stealthily is the shooting of the poisoned arrows, so insignificant the separate acts in their seeming, that one is not on guard against them. It is easier to dodge an elephant than a microbe.
9. There are pillows wet by sobs, there are noble hearts broken in the silence whence comes no cry of protest. There are gentle, sensitive natures scared, and warped, there are old-time friends now separated and walking their lonely ways with hope dead and memory but a pang. There are cruel misunderstandings among families that make life look dark and these are but a few of the sorrows and pains that come from the crimes of the tongue.
10. A man’ may lead a life of transparent honesty and purity, battling bravely daily for what he holds dearest, so firm and sure of the rightness of his life before God and man that he never thinks for an instant of the diabolic ingenuity that makes evil and evil report where nothing but good really exists.
11. A few words lightly spoken by. the tongue of slander, a significant expression of the eyes, a cruel shrug of the shoulders, with a pursing of the lips, and immediately, friendly hands grow cold, the accustomed smile is replaced by a sneer or silence or slight and one stands alone and aloof with a dazed feeling of wonder and amazement at the vague intangible something that has caused it all.
12. If a rich man gives a free will donation to some charitable organization, they say, “He is doing it to get his name talked about or to help his business.” If he erects a nice building’ for himself, they say, “He has killed people to make money or he makes money by diabolical means.”
13. If he does not give out money to charitable groups, they say, “He is a stingy man.” If he gives any help to individuals, they say, “He is bribing their consciences so that they will call him a good man when he is not.” If he is liberal, they say, “He is seeking recognition and popularity.” If he is quiet restricted they say, “He is hiding something.”
14. To the vile tongue of gossip and slander, VIRTUE is ever deemed but a MASK, NOBLE ideals but a PRETENCE, GENEROSITY but a BRIBE.
15. The man who stands above his fellows must be prepared to be the target for the envious arrows of their inferiority. It is part of the price he MUST pay for his advancement.
16. To sustain ourselves in our own hasty judgments, we sometimes say, as we listen and accept without investigation, the old adage, “where there is so much smoke, there must be some fire.” Yes, but the fire may be only another by the lighted torch of envy, thrown into the innocent facts of a life of superiority.
17. This is why every wise fellow does not use or depend on hearsay to build reasonable case. Hearsay is never an admissible evidence in any law court the world over. A wise man believes in investigation before admitting an evidence as a fact.
18. Gossip is spread by wicked people and is believed by fools. Any man that cannot tame his tongue can never attain perfection in the sight of God.
19. An open-mouthed fellow is a habitual liar and should be avoided. If you want to attain greatness in reputation, let your words be few at all times and in all situations. It is wisdom to do more hearing and less talking. Remember that the worth of a man is his reputation.
COROLLARY OF VERBAL LEXIS
20. The use of language must be considered as a special gift from the Almighty God to mankind and as such must be highly treasured and kept pure.
21. It is the means of expression on earth by which we anchor our volition for the purpose of co-operating and interacting with our fellow human beings positively in an up- building manner in order to gain the necessary experience for our spiritual maturity.
22. Therefore, enormous responsibility attaches to us if we speak wrongly. Every word spoken by man takes effect under the pressure of the Almighty according to its application and must produce definite forms that are connected with us.
23. Therefore, after we have spoken the word, the effect it produces no longer lies with us but is governed by the self-acting Creation Laws.
24. Furthermore, when we speak wrongly as in the use of dialects, affectations and inflections, slang due to lazy habit, standstill on the natural steps of development of a language, they all debase the purity and therefore affect the character of the people accordingly.
25. Not only are we subject to the influence of human words on our immediate surroundings but these consequences also manifest in the invisible part of our world in the beyond which we must cross as soon as we drop our physical bodies after death.
26. There, everybody must experience the effect of his contributions to the spoken words as long as any of them is still attached to him.
27. We have been admonished to avoid careless, thoughtless and idle talks as well as gossip, which produce poisoned fruits when we harvest them.
28. Sometimes, we engage in useless talks for the sake of being heard without realizing that such a habit will always play out its full effect, both on earth and in the beyond.
29. Also, we are often besieged by some inexplicable acts of fate without realizing that the root cause could have been traced to our propensity to make unguided statements especially when no one asked for our contribution.
30. Therefore it is in our interest to adhere to the advice of our Lord Jesus Christ when he said, “Let your communication be yea or nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh from evil.”
31. But this is a propensity, which we always find difficult to give up because we think we might be losing something if we remained silent. Nevertheless, the justice of the Almighty will continue to roll on until all aberrations are torn away, so that the world will be cleansed from the pure of our guilt.
32. Furthermore the Laws of Creation demand that spoken word and intentions must harmonize otherwise words can produce two kinds of results, which may give rise to very grave spiritual burden.
33. Diplomats who give themselves airs for being able to mask their real intensions must seriously think again. We must therefore be truthful in our pronouncements so that we can maintain the purity of the words we speak which will then have the ability to form in an up-building manner.
34. Every true child of God is regarded as a diplomat (representative or ambassador). In other words, every true child of God should strive to be a good representative of Christ both in words and in action.
35. If we observe these rules of life, people will surely say that there have never been a people or nation as the-people of God. The world will see Christs walking on earth in human form and thus the gods appearing once again in the likeness Of men,





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THE GREATNESS OF SIMPLICITY
Simplicity is the elimination of the non-essentials in all things It reduces life to its minimum of real needs, raises it to its maximum of powers and opportunities.
2. Simplicity means the survival not of the fittest, but of the best. In morals, it destroys the weeds of vice and weakness so that the flowers of virtue and strength may have enough room to grow.
3. Simplicity cuts off waste and intensifies concentration. It converts flickering torches into beam of searchlights. This is why the Almighty God manifests Himself in simplicity.
4. It will only take a wise man to recognize anything hidden in simplicity because the society we are living in takes delight in very great, loud and ovatious things.
5. Little can they realize that what people call great, God calls small and what God calls great, people call small.
6. All great truths are very simple. Nobody needs to pass through the rigors of great academic work to acquire the great truth. A stark illiterate in simplicity of mind and purpose, recognize truth more than the highly placed intellectuals in the society.
7. A man of very high intellect can only humble down for simplicity if he is a child of God but the rest will not. Nothing engenders pride in a heathen more than acquisition of wealth and high degree of academic education. This is why, such people full of themselves, can hardly condescend to listen to great truth, which is always hidden in simplicity.
8. The belief of every true child of God is by far much simpler than any church creed or traditional beliefs, which do not contain any truths at all no matter the noise or ovations that greet these false doctrines and teachings.
9. In the same token, the simplicity in every true messenger from God makes it impossible for the great people of the world to welcome him.
10. Every messenger from God is simpler than the society he is sent to and that is why only people that are regarded as riff-raffs or “never-do-wells” or fools in the society welcome his appearance. It is upon these vital foundational elements he builds his life. Constructive and unconstructive criticisms never rise to the heights of his simplicity and honesty of purpose
11. He does not care whether the whale swallowed Jonah or Jonah swallowed the whale. To him, hair-splitting interpretation of words or his teachings or actions, and phrases are mere intellectual dissipation of energy he has no time for because they cannot change or advance his course one bit.
12. He does not Care for the anatomy of religion; he has its soul in his hands. His simple faith he lives — in thoughts and words and acts day-by-day.
13. No character can be simple unless it is based on truth, unless it is lived in harmony with one’s own conscience and ideals. Simplicity is a pure white light life lived from within; It is destroyed by any attempt to live in harmony with public opinion.
14. Public opinion is a conscience owned by a syndicate, where the individual is merely a shareholder. But the individual has a conscience of which he is a sole proprietor. Therefore, adjusting his life, to his own ideals in the royal road to simplicity is needed if he must succeed in life.
15. Do not adjust yourself to suit the society or environment you find yourself at any given time but adjust, your lifestyle, to suit your noble ideas and pursuits in life. It is disstructive to conform to the dictates of the society. The demands of God run contrary to the demands of the society.
16. Affectations is the confession of inferiority, it is an unnecessary proclamation that one is not living the life he pretends to live. Simplicity is restful contempt for the non-essentials of life.
17. It is restless hunger for the non-essentials that is the secret of most of the discontent of the society and even among us. It is constant striving to outshine others that kill simplicity and happiness.
18. A man that operates in simplicity is always happy with himself because he faces less competition in simplicity. Competition is more pronounced in. great things of the world and that is why the death toll in the struggle is always very high. Where competition abound, every kind of evil must be resident there.’
19 How many people can compete for natural air in the society? How many people compete for the best electric fans ‘and air-conditioners in all the electrical stores in Onitsha and ‘other places in the world? Where is death or accident more pronounced; in “the use of natural air” without competition or in the use of electrical gadgets as a show of affluence? Nature’ in all its’ revelations, seeks to teach man the greatness of simplicity.
20. Health is nothing but the living of a physical life in harmony with a few simple, clearly defined rules. Simple food, simple exercise, simple precautions and these work wonders in healthy living.
21. But man soon grows tired of the simple things, he yields to subtle temptations in eating and drinking, listens to the voice of his parlor, dining table and refrigerators, instead of the voice of nature and he suffers a great deal of health hazards.
22. It is time for us to escape from the world and societal sophistication with its attendant follies and go back to the simple duties and interests we have slighted and forgotten. Our world grows smaller but it grows cleaner and greater with every passing day.
23. Simplicity is the most difficult character to emulate. The most simple signature is the most difficult to imitate. Simplicity in action is an expression of simplicity of thoughts. This is so because the thoughts of a man dictate his actions.
24. Experience has proved to me that men that carry on their shoulders, the fate of a nation are quiet, modest and unassuming. They are made gentle, calm and simple by the discipline of their responsibility. They have no room in their minds for the pettiness of personal vanity. Any man that does not admit this truth is not capable of living an enviable family or organization of human beings.
25. An empty university student calls himself great, assumes the airs of one to whom is committed the wisdom of all the ages but a creative student, full of drive and initiatives is always simple, focused and humble. This should be a guide to our children if they must make a headway in their careers in life.
26. We must appreciate our lives if we can look at it as simple, when we can brush aside those trivial cases and sorrows, worries and failures and then say to ourselves, “They do not count. They are not the real things of life they are but interruptions.”
27. There is something within me, my individuality that makes all these myriads of troubles I pass through in this Bridal faith seem too trifling for me to permit them to have any domination over me. If you discover it, please, emulate it because it will help you in life.
28. Simplicity is a mental soil where lying, deceits, treachery, selfishness and low ambition cannot grow. The man whose character is simple, looks truth and honbesty so straight in the face that he has no conscience of intrigue and corruption around him at all. He is deaf to the imps of wrong that a suspicious nature would suspect even before they existed.
29. Let us seek to cultivate this simplicity in all things pertaining to life and godliness. The first step towards simplicity is “simplifying.” The beginning of mental or moral progress or reform in our fives is renunciation or sacrifice.
30. It is rejection, surrender or destruction of separate phases of habits or characters we inculcated for a very long period of time, due to poor guidance, false teachings, based on erroneous religious beliefs, evil association or influence, poor family up-bringing, etc that have kept us from higher and nobler achievements.
31. Reform your diet and you simplify it, reform your morals and attitudes to life and you begin to cut off your immoral and wrong attitudes to life and this advances your course of life for the better. The secret of all greatness is simplicity. Make simplicity the keynote of your life and you will not regret it, instead you will be great, though your life be humble and your influence seen but a little.
32. Simple habits, simple dressings, simple manners, simple needs, simple words, simple faith such as ours, these are the pure manifestation of a mind and heart of simplicity. This is Christ-like quality, which all God’s children must radiate to this evil world that is full of vanity.
33. Simplicity is never to be associated with weakness and ignorance. It is the life of fuller knowledge. It means that the individual has seen the folly and nothingness of those things that make the sum of the life of others as vanity. He has lived down what others are seeking blindly to live up to. The way up is down. Let your simplicity by seen by all men for this is the will of God for you.


WORRY — A HIDDEN KILLER


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WORRY — A HIDDEN KILLER
The most popular form of suicide is ‘‘Worry.”  Worry impairs appetite and disturbs sleep, makes respiration irregular, causes indigestion, increases the risk of hypertension and stroke, warps character, weakens the mind, breaks down the immune system and stimulates disease and finally saps bodily health.
2. It still remains the hidden cause of death in thousands of instances where some other diseases are named in the death certificate by medical doctors. Anybody can be victim of this undiscovered silent killer irrespective of his or her profession or status in the society.
3. It is most pronounced in Nigeria and other countries where the battered economy and ungodly leadership have imposed more hardship on the populace thereby subjecting the people to fear of social, psychological, emotional and physiological insecurity; a situation where people can hardly meet their civic responsibilities to their families and to themselves.
4. Worry is mental disposition while work is mental food. Worry can easily extend its adverse tentacles to our children quite unnoticed by many parents.
5. For example, when a child’s absorption in his studies keeps him from sleeping or when he tosses and turns from side to side, muttering the multiplication table or spelling words aloud, when sleep comes, that child sighs, this shows he is worrying.
6. This is very common today, when parents expect their little ones to fly or even catch up with the wind at very tender ages. Privatisation and commercialisation of education have made it even more possible without parents realizing the adverse effects in the long run, of subjecting their children to mental worry at infancy.
7. Regrettably, these parents never passed through this awful situation so as to know the implications now and in the future. Little can they realize that these private schools make money by ignorantly imposing some rigours of worry on the children beyond their capacities.
8. When you notice your child sighing and worrying even trying to evade sleep, recognise it very quickly as one of nature’s danger signals raised to warn parents and in mercy, the parent should take a firm stand to save the life and future, of the child from despair.
9. The burden of that child’s daily tasks should be lightened, the burden or tension of his concentration should be lessened, the hours of his slavery to education should be cut short to suit his age and mental development. This will save parents a lot of sorrow in the future.
10. When a man or a woman works over in dream, the problem of the day, when the sleeping hours are spent in some other supposed better activities, then there is either over work or worry, and most likely, it is the worry that comes from overwork.
11. The Creator never intended a healthy mind to dream of the day’s duties. Either, dreamless sleep or dreams of the past should be the order of the night.
12. When the spectre of one grief, one fear or one sorrow, obtrudes itself between the eye and the printed page, when the inner voice of this irritating memory or fear looms up so loud as to deaden outside voices, there is danger to the individual.
13. When all day, every hour, every moment, there is the dull insistent, numb pain of something that makes itself felt thorough, above and below all our other thinking, we must know that we are worrying.
14. Then there is but one thing to do. We MUST stop that worry; we must kill that worry before it will kill us. The dead has no second chance.
15. The wise men of this generation have discovered many amazing things that can help or destroy life but only few have discovered worry as a hidden killer if any.
16. Worry is forethought gone to seed. Worry is discounting possible future sorrows so that the individual may live or have present misery. Worry is the father of insomnia. Worry should be regarded as a traitor in the camp of God’s people that dampens our morale and willpower, weakens our aims and objectives and obstructs our senses of creativities.
17. Under the guise of helping us to bear the present, and to be ready for the future, worry multiplies our enemies within our own minds to sap our strength and health.
18. Worry is the dominance of the mind by a single vague, restless, unsatisfied, fearing and fearful idea. The mental energy and force that should be concentrated on the successive duties of the day is constantly and surreptitiously abstracted and absorbed by this one fixed idea.
19. The full, rich strength of unconscious working of the mind, that which produces our best success, that represents our finest abilities or activities, is tapped, led away and wasted on WORRY.
20. Please, brethren, worry must not be confused with anxiety, though both words agree in meaning originally, a “choking” or a “strangling” referring of course to the deadly effect upon individual anxiety.
21. Anxiety embraces large issues of live seriously, clearly with dignity. Anxiety always suggests hopeful possibilities, it is active in being ready and devising measures to meet outcome.
 22. worry is not one large individual sorrow, it is a colony of pity, vague, insignificant, restless imps of fear that become important only from combination, their constancy and by their iteration.
23. it is this worry habit, the constant magnifying of petty sorrows to eclipse the sun of happiness, against which I here make protest.
RECOMMENDED ANTIDOTE FOR WORRY
24. The individual must be his own physician. He must give the case a heroic treatment. He must realise with every fibre of his being, the utter, absolute uselessness of worry.
25. He must think that this is a common place, a bit of mere theory. It is a reality that he must translate for himself, from mere words to a real living fact. He must fully understand that if it were possible for him to spend a whole century in worry, it will not change the fact one jot of title. This is a time for action and not for worry as long as one is alive because worry paralysis thoughts and action too.
26. For example, if a student set down a column of figures in addition, no amount of worry can change the sum total of those figures. The result is wrapped up in the inevitability of mathematics. The result can be made different only by changing the figures as they are set down, one by one in that column.
27. The time a man is not supposed to worry is the time he worries most. There are two reasons why man should worry, either one of which must operate in every instance. First, because he cannot prevent the result he fears. Second, because he can prevent them.
28. If a man is powerless to avert the blow of life he needs, perfect concentration to meet it bravely to lighten its force, to get what salvage he can from the wreck, to sustain his strength at this time when he must plan a new future.
29. But if a man can prevent the evil he is afraid of, then he has no need to worry, for he would by so doing be dissipating energy in his very hour of need.  
30. If we can do, day-by-day, ever the best we can by the level of height we have attained in this most holy faith, we shall have no need to fear, no need to regret the time, money or effort spent in this ministry of the Bride of Christ, no need to worry. No agony of worry will do anything to help us. No moral man or angel can do more than the best.
31. If we look back upon our past life, we shall see how, in the marvellous working of events, the cities of our greatest happiness and of our fullest success have been built along the rivers of our deepest sorrows and our most abject failures.
32. We then realise that our present happiness or success would have been impossible had it not been for some terrible affliction or loss in the past, some wonderful potent force in the evolution of our character through the message of the SON OF MAN, which he has selflessly delivered to us for the protection of. our today and the future. This awareness should be a powerful stimulus to us in bearing the trials and sorrows of life.
33. To cure ourselves of worry is never an easy task. It is not to be removed in two or three applications of the quick medicine of any cheap philosophy or teaching, but it requires only clear, common sense applied to the business of life on a day-to-day basis.
34. No man has the right to waste his own energies to weaken his own powers and influence, because man has inalienable duties to God, to himself, to his family and to the society.
35. No good thing can ever come from worry instead man compounds his problems through worry. Since worry does not solve any problem but rather creates problems, why then do we worry?
36. This is a burning issue that must be addressed individually if we must make a headway in this excruciating year, 2006 with its attendant uncertainties and embarrassments.
37. This is the PERFECT WILL OF GOD, THAT THE BRIDE BE FREE FROM WORRY.




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BORN AGAIN CONCEPT — THE REALITY
Man today, heart-weary with the sorrow, sin or wilful neglect to sound reasoning and failure of his past life, feels that he could live a better life if he could only live life over again, if he could only start afresh with his present knowledge and experience.
2. He looks back with regretful memory to the golden days of his youth and sadly mourns his wasted chances and opportunities for advancement in morals, education, financial, and of course every other aspect of life.
3. He then turns hopefully to the thought of a life to come, but helpless he stands between the two ends of life, yet thirsting for the chance to live a flew life according to his bettered condition of living it based on the level of awareness and consciousness he has attained now.
4. In his blindness and ignorance, he does no realise., like the storm-driven sailors, that the new life is all around him, he has only but to reach out and take it.
5. This is in conformity with what the scriptures said about the Word of God thus, “It is near you and even in your mouth, the Word of God which we preach”. It did not say it is near you and even written in the book, the Word of God we preach. This is evident that the SPOKEN WORD WILL EVER REMAIN THE ORIGINAL SEED.
LESSONS FROM PAST GAFFES
6. Everyday is a new life, every sunrise but new birth for a man and the world, every morning the beginning of a new existence for a man, a great chance to put to new and higher uses the results of his past living.
7. The man who looks back upon his past and says, “I have nothing to regret” undoubtedly lived in vain and will never accomplish anything if he is given another opportunity to live again.
8. Any life without regret is a life without gain and advancement. Regret is nothing but the light of fuller and higher wisdom from our past, illuminating our future. It means that we are wiser today than we were yesterday.
9. This new wiser wisdom attracts new responsibility, new privileges, and it is a new chance for a better life. But if regret means merely regret, it is useless. Regret must serve as a revelation of new possibilities, and the inspiration and source of strength to realise them.
10. Even the Almighty God cannot change the past, but each man to a degree far beyond his knowledge, holds his future in his own hands. This is a hard statement that is meant to be grappled by the wise only. The foolish and religiously indoctrinated ones will brush it aside with laughter. It is from this awesome knowledge that GREATNESS TAKES ITS ORIGIN.
11. Any man that is sincere in his longing to live life anew, must get more help from his failures than from any other source. If he can realise his wasted golden hours of opportunities, let him not waste other hours of it in useless regret but seek to forget his folly and to keep before him only the lessons of his past follies. His past extravagance of money, materials, time etc, should lead him to minimize his loss by marvellous economy of present moments.
12 If his whole life be darkened by the memory of cruel wrong he has done to another man, if direct amendments be impossible to the injured one, passed from life, let him make the world the largesse to receive his expressions of restitution.
13. The attitude one displays to the rest of living as a result of his regret for those he killed in one way or the other justifies or condemns him before God and man. The memory of cruel actions that cannot be amended linger in the heart and in the conscience and impairs further success until it is cleared.
14. Let his regret and sorrow be manifest in words of kindness and sympathy, and acts of’ sweetness and love given to all with whom he comes in contact.
15. If a man makes a certain mistake once, the only way he properly shows his recognition of it is not to make a similar mistake later. A man who is bitten twice by the same dog is better adapted to that business than any other.
16. There are many people in the society - who want to live life over because they take such pride in their past. They resemble a beggar in the street who will always tell people that he had seen better days. It is not what man was that shows character but what he progressively is. “I get am before or I know am before no be am at all at all”.
17. Trying to obtain a present record on a dead past is like some present day mediocrity that tries to live on its ancestry. We look for the fruit in the branches of a tree and not in its roots. Showing how a family degenerated from a noble ancestor of generation ago to its present representative is not a boast but an unnecessary confession.
18. Let every man think less of his own ancestors and more of those he is preparing for his posterity, less of his past virtue and more of his future virtue.
19. When a man pleads for a chance to live life over again, there is always an implied plea of inexperience and lack of knowledge. This is unworthy even of a coward.
20. We all know rules of healthy living and yet we ignore them or defy them daily. We know what constitutes proper food for us at any given time and can afford it as well, yet we gratify our appetites and trust to our cleverness to square the account with nature anyhow.
21. We know that success is a matter of simple clearly, defined rules of the development of material essentials, of tireless energy and concentration of constant payment of price, we know all these and yet we do not live up to our knowledge.
22. We constantly eclipse ourselves by ourselves and then turn round to blame it on fate and destiny.
23. Parents often counsel their children against certain things and do them themselves in the foolish hope that the children will believe their ears in preference to their eyes. Years of careful teaching of a child to behave right can be nullified in an instant by a parent’s misbehaviour in the presence of the child.
24. Man’s only plea for a life to live life again should stem from the fact that he has gained more wisdom and experience than in the past. If he is really sincere, then today is a beginning of that new life because he is still alive and active. The dead does not have this golden chance.
25. Let him leave the past or close the books of old life, which was full of mistakes, sorrow, ignorance, misery and follies and start afresh now. Let him strike a balance and start anew, creating himself with all the wisdom so far acquired from his past failures and weakness and charging himself with the new duties and responsibilities that come from the possession of his new capital of wisdom.
26. Let him criticise others less and himself more and start out bravely in this new life he has vowed to live. This is what makes for a man.
27. A man is known by his ability to take strong decisions that will affect his life style and abide by them, come what may. A feeble minded fellow should not take decisions at all because he cannot abide by his decision at all.
28. What God needs from us is more day-to-day living, starting in the morning with fresh clear ideals for that day and seeking to live that day and each successive hour and moment of that day as if it were all time and all ETERNITY.
29. This type of life has in it, no element of disregard for the future, for each day is set in harmony with that future contrary to falsehood of religion that destroys the future of mankind and renders many unprofitable and miserably useless.
30. The vision of the future mercilessly kills every morbid regret of the past and morbid worry of the future also. As long as a great confidence has been built into oneself, he can face the future without despair. It is lack of confidence and ignorance that makes a man to live a beggarly type of life, which is the most miserable life a man can live.
31. Life is worth living only if it be lived in a way that is worth living. Man does not own his life to do with it as he will. He has merely but a life interest in it. He must finally surrender it, with an accounting.
32. At each New Year, it is common for people to make new resolutions, but in the true life of a child of God, each day is the beginning of a New Year if he will only make it so.
33. Brethren, let us not make heroic resolution so far beyond our strength that the resolution becomes a dead memory within a week but let us promise God and ourselves that each day from now henceforth, will be the new beginning of a newer, better and truer life for ourselves, for God and for all mankind. Let us rededicate ourselves anew spiritually and physically to the service of the Lord God Almighty.
34. Thank you and remain blessed in Him eternally.