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10 August 2023 Word by Senior Pastor, Pastor Darien Choo

Today’s Inspiration: “The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7‬:‭4‬-‭5‬ ‭NIV‬‬. Life is unpredictable and full of turns and terrains. Most people do not like hardship, correction, sadness or mourning but strangely they were convictions that could change our hearts within. In fact, when you read the Psalms, David faced more failures than successes, trials more than triumph, and tests more than testimonies, each time he drew closer to God. James 4:8.

The revelation of the Cross brings great comfort, strength and healing to our wounds, pain, and disappointments. 1 Peter 2:24. I was in a relative wake recently and saw the husband and daughter sobbing regretfully not treating the mum well who is the sole breadwinner, cleaner of the house, and even when she was unwell, she only be discuss with her siblings. When we don’t have Christ, we take things for granted. Wisdom opens up the eyes of our hearts at the face of death. Ephesians 1:18. Don’t live a life of regrets or remorse being bitter, resentful, hateful, angry, legalistic, and self-centeredness. It’s a path of emotional poverty and loneliness. A Christian life is to love, bless and pray for one another, including your enemies, offender, and abuser. Luke 6:27-28. Love will never fail and it fulfils the meaning of life not of things but of salvation and redemptions of souls. Glory to God!

Prayer: O Lord my God, open the eyes of my heart that I may know and remove what God has not planted in me. I choose to repent for my anger, resentment and rage. Give me boldness and strength to forgive those who had hurt or wounded my heart in past and also those whom I have hurt because of my hurts. Let the blood of Jesus cleanses me inside out. This day I choose to deny self, carry the Cross, and follow you, in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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