February 14, 2019

Lovely She Cortezano and Cecile Vizcaya


The Faces of Love

The Faces of Love

In many ways, love is a life-changer. It can make a person do what seems impossible. It can melt the hardest of hearts. It can soften the most stubborn of minds. It is sometimes stronger and more forceful than all reason combined. Love, indeed, is a powerful thing.

For Members Church of God International (MCGI), love manifests itself in countless ways. It can be found and felt in the smallest acts or littlest gestures. It is not a random thing. It is, rather, a way of life that is based on the Bible, described in the first book of John, chapter 4 verse 16 that says, “God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

With this, we lovingly share with you short stories that we hope will inspire more reasons to keep the love alive and see it in different perspectives.

Love for One’s Work

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (Colossians 3:23, KJV)

“Prayers and the help of people around me help me get through my job,” says Rhea Jane Lopez, a physical therapist in New York, USA.

Rhea loves helping people. When she sees her patients pursue their goals and get back on with their lives, she feels that she is part of their journey. “It is such an honor to be able to help as a physical therapist, that’s why I hope to continue in this profession, God willing.”

“The feeling of fulfillment seeing my patients get better and return to their families after a long stay in the hospital motivates me to love my work more. I especially love it when I share a smile or a laugh with them, despite their pain,” she adds.

Love for Friends

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17, KJV)

Auralyn Joy Quijano is a simple 22-year-old living in Scarborough, Canada. She knows that it is important to surround herself with people who have aspirations in life. These people are her friends whom she deeply cares about. “I love that my friends are patient and hard-working. Not only do they strive to accomplish their goals, but they also help and support me with mine,” she said.

When her friends face struggles, she tells that it is important to be there for them. “I think that talking with a friend makes me feel better. Knowing that they are there for me is already a big help.” So she tries to do the same.

“I am really grateful to have friends who are with me in my service to God. This will always be one of our best moments – when we fulfill our duties to Him together,” mused Auralyn.

Love for Spouse

Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. (Proverbs 5:18-19, KJV)

Ricky and Joy De Castro have been happily married for almost 20 years. To keep their relationship harmonious, they submit to God’s teachings in the Bible. That is, for them, the most effective ingredient to a blissful marriage.

As with all other relationships, theirs was not free from problems and struggles, but what they do to surpass those is simple – they entrust their relationship to God’s grace and will. “We lay our trust in what God can do in our lives,” Ricky and Joy shared. “Nothing compares to the peace in our hearts knowing that we have the Almighty God in our lives. We learned to thank Him constantly and to raise our children with His doctrine.”

They shared their go-to verse when anxieties set in, which is 1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Love for a Child

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalms 127:3, KJV)

Francilene Raggio of Rio de Janeiro only wishes one thing for her daughter that she will always serve God with all her heart. It was her life-long wish to God, even before her daughter was born.

She sees her daughter, Joyce, a strong child who doesn’t give up during hard times with the help of God. “She inspires me to see the good despite the hardships,” says Francilene.

Now at 56, she is happy to see Joyce grow in faith, from being a child to being a young adult who cheerfully obeys the doctrines of Christ.

Love for Family

A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. (Acts 10:2, KJV)

“My family gives me happiness even in the most difficult times.”

A devoted wife and a mother to five lovely children, Edith Egar loves her family very much, as they are her smile, her happy tears, her laughter – the joys of her heart.

Even with all of them having busy schedules, Edith’s family sees to it that they always pray and eat together as much as they can. “I will always be here for you and love you until my last breath, God willing,” she promises to her family.

Love for Truth

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. (Psalm 119:160, KJV)

For 19-year-old Simeon Ponce, the words of God are words of golden guidance. It is his helping hand. They offer him firm and careful solutions that make his problems trivial. “The words of God have helped me in my hardest of times. That’s why I love them so much,” Simeon said.

Before learning the truth in the Bible, Simeon described himself as quite the rebel. “I have hurt a lot of my loved ones. But the truth made me see the best I can become, and it freed me. My heart doesn’t feel so heavy anymore. Thanks be to God.”

As he leads a busy life in South Jersey, USA, he sees to it that he keeps up with Church gatherings. “Attending Church is like refuelling yourself with words of wisdom from the Bible,” Simeon remarked, citing Hebrews 10:25: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Love for God

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Matthew 22:37, KJV)

Loving entails sacrifices, and this is true for Wilfred Rivera, a worker in the Members Church of God International (MCGI). It has been 20 years since he embraced a different path – to study the word of God and be a church worker in MCGI.

Wilfred does not regret his decision leaving a promising career had he graduated as an engineer. “I could say it was worth every sacrifice because I have witnessed God’s love. The blessings I received are worth more than anything – having God and Christ in my life made me complete.” He cites 1 Corinthians 12:31, “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

Though he experienced many problems, struggles, and loneliness, he faced those with the love of God in his heart. “I realized that I love Him more than my personal goals, my loved ones or even myself. I love God more than everything else in my life.”

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