How to Find Joy and Peace This Christmas

Experience Joy this Christmas with these Truths about Jesus

This Christmas, take some time to slow down and reflect on God’s goodness and the precious gift of Jesus Christ—the real reason for this season.

Rediscover the true meaning behind this celebration and its significance in your personal life! Experience joy this Christmas as you ponder on these 4 truths about Jesus:

How to Find Joy and Peace This Christmas

Truth #1: Jesus is your Wonderful Counselor

Sin separated man from God (Isaiah 59:2). But God, who is so loving and merciful, wanted to reach out and save people from their sins and hopelessness. He sent his Son Jesus Christ—that whoever believes in His lordship would be reconciled with the Father and have eternal life.

Jesus was born in a manger, in a simple town, and to human parents, Mary and Joseph. Fully God and fully man, Jesus was able to empathize with people’s sufferings and heal and lead people out of despair.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15 NIV)

Do you need wisdom and direction during this uncertain time?

Seek Jesus and He will generously provide you with the answers you need, He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:6). Through His wisdom and understanding, you can receive guidance, help, and deliverance for as long as you humbly come before Him and ask (James 1:5).

Truth #2: Jesus is your Mighty God 

People need an all-powerful God who has the authority to save them from their sins.

Jesus performed miracles after miracles that no earthly god has ever done. He conquered the grave and touches people’s hearts, leading them to believe that He is the Lord and Savior.

Jesus as the Mighty God brings a sense of awe and wonder. He is God above all things, without limitation! Yet He humbled Himself, came down as a man, and shed His blood on the cross so you can be reconciled back to Him—to offer you a free gift of salvation.

“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 ESV)

Truth #3: Jesus is your Everlasting Father

Do you feel alone and sad this Christmas?

Take heart! You have a Father in Heaven you can always approach with boldness and confidence. He is a father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5 NIV) who sees the joy and pain of His children on earth.

You might be going through a rough patch this season, or you may be in deep sorrow because of the challenges you have faced this year. Rejoice, because your comfort comes from an eternal God!

This Christmas may not be what you expected, but you can find comfort in this truth: No one can stop God’s plans, and His plans for you are good.

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20 NLT)

Truth #4: Jesus is your Prince of Peace

Here’s one beautiful reason why you can still celebrate Christmas regardless of your situation: Jesus came not just to give material gifts and blessings—He came so your heart will no longer be troubled.

It is through Jesus that you can be at peace with God, with others, and with yourself. He restores broken relationships, provides peace and order in your life, and assures you of eternal life.

“He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:17-18 NIV)

Life isn’t easy. In fact, God said that you will experience hardships (John 16:33). But you can find joy in the truth that Jesus can give you the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

In good times and in bad, in loss and abundance, God stands near and draws you close. Pray for His peace and joy, and you will surely receive—because He cares for you. He loves you.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 ESV)

Have a joy-filled Christmas!

Do you need someone to pray for you this Christmas? We are here for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700. You may also contact us through Viber at 0949-888-8001 and Skype, just type The700clubasia.

Is There Still Hope for the Separated?

When there is too much pain due to abuse, self-hate due to disrespect, and hopelessness due to empty and broken promises, letting go seems like the best option.

This has been Helen Geronimo’s situation when she chose to be separated from her husband, Napoleon.

Spending her 34 years in marriage as a submissive wife made her feel worthless and unstable due to her husband’s maltreatment.

“My husband was verbally abusive towards me. That’s all I could say. I was not physically abused but the verbal abuse hurt. The wound got deeper every time I felt worthless,” Helen recalled.

Can you relate to Helen’s pain? Instead of receiving love, honor, peace, and protection from the person you made a lifetime commitment with, you end up suffering from hurt and trauma?

If you feel miserable and overwhelmed by the pain you experience, find comfort in knowing that the Lord sees your sorrow and counts your tears (Psalm 56:8).

If setting a boundary in the form of separation would mean safety and sanity to you, let go of your fears and worries. Focus your eyes on Jesus.

Jesus is always there inviting you to come and rest in Him as you surrender your cares upon Him (Matthew 11:28-30).

When you commit your life to the Lord, you can overcome depression and hopelessness just like what Helen experienced.

He will also send help to you to show you more of His power in your weakness and helplessness.

This has been true with Helen when God led her to contact the CBN Asia Prayer Center.

“I’m so thankful to Prayer Center. It’s like I have a family,” she shared as she looked back on how God used the Prayer Center to journey with her during a painful moment of her life.

“When they comforted me, it felt like it was God who was comforting me,” she added.

And as she was going through the devastating pain that their separation brought, she did not stop praying for her husband, too.

“My prayers for him were not for us to reconcile, but for him to be reconciled to the Lord for he has lost his relationship with the Lord,” Helen recalled.

As Helen emptied herself to God during their separation, she allowed Him to just move and do His will in her life and her husband’s life. And that’s where the impossible happened.

The Lord encountered Napoleon and started to change his heart.

He even tried to win her heart again like what a suitor does to the lady that he loves.

Helen was so grateful for how God can truly work miracles in someone’s heart, “Thank You, Lord! I never saw my husband like this before. And every day, He is transforming my husband.”

If you are losing hope in your marriage or your family, let this story cause hope to arise in your situation.

Jesus is always there to give hope for He himself is the Hope that is an anchor for our soul.

No matter how painful, messy, and dreadful your circumstance is, God is always willing and able to come through and bring miracles over your life, your marriage, and your family.

Turn to God and believe Him for the impossible!

If you are praying to God to manifest His transforming love in someone’s heart, and you need prayers and encouragement, the CBN Asia Prayer Center is always available for you.

Feel free to chat with us at CBN Asia Messenger, call 8-737-0-700, or text 0998-590-0620.

For more inspiring stories of hope, miracle, breakthrough, and healing, watch The 700 Club Asia on GMA Network every midnight, from Monday to Friday.

You may also follow The 700 Club Asia Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

If you are moved to partner with CBN Asia, we encourage you to donate at cbnasia.net/give.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13, NIV).

Are You Worried About Your Family’s Future?

Nelia Ansaldo used to be.

The combined income from her sales agent job and her husband’s work as a mechanic was not enough to meet their family’s needs. They constantly struggled with financial lack, leading to ceaseless anxiety for Nelia.

“It’s exhausting to always chase after money. It pains me to see my family in this situation,” she shared.

There came a time when Nelia couldn’t even provide her children with school allowances, intensifying her fears for her family’s well-being.

Do you relate to this? Keep reading to discover how Nelia overcame this challenging situation.

To alleviate her stress, Nelia would often watch the television. One night, she stumbled upon The 700 Club Asia.

“I was deeply moved by a testimonial from someone who gave her last money to the ministry. She received more blessings in return,” she shared.

This experience inspired Nelia to give, despite her own financial struggles. She was inspired by the work of the ministry, particularly Operation Blessing, the humanitarian arm of CBN Asia, in helping kababayans in need.

Armed with courage, she set aside a small amount from her depleting funds and entrusted it to the Lord by donating to the ministry.

“Lord, may Your will be done,” she prayed as she gave.

Through The 700 Club Asia, Nelia and her husband also discovered their faith in the Lord and began the habit of reading the Bible. She learned that no amount of wealth can replace a relationship with God.

In just a few days, blessings started flowing into Nelia’s life. Her sales commission tripled due to the numerous memorial plans she was able to sell. This helped them pay off their debts, send their children to college, and renovate their home.

“The Lord provides for those who seek Him and those who help others,” she shared.

Ten years have passed, and Nelia continues to faithfully support God’s ministry through CBN Asia.

If you find yourself facing financial lack, may Nelia’s story inspire you. What happened to her can also happen to you.

God is capable of blessing us abundantly. He is a generous God. In His Word, it says, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.” (Luke 6:38 ESV)

Even in the face of difficulties, put your trust in God. Place the future of your family in His capable hands. Remember, you are not alone in this journey. If you are in need of prayers, our Prayer Center is available 24/7, ready to offer intercession on your behalf.

Help more people like Nelia know Jesus, partner with us today.

Does God Answer Prayers Instantly?

God responds to prayers according to His perfect timing, which is never too early or too late. He is even capable of answering prayers instantly, without delay, like how He did with Sammie Villagomez.

A year before Sammie’s graduation, his parents made the difficult decision to stop his studies due to their family’s financial situation.

Being the eldest among four siblings, Sammie felt the weight of responsibility to support his family. Determined to finish his studies, he attempted to juggle a job and his studies, but he struggled.

Desperate to find a solution, Sammie allowed a friend’s family to “adopt” him. He thought this was the key for him to finish his education and then secure a stable job. And he did graduate.

However, despite securing a diploma, Sammie could not find a job. His efforts were in vain. This failure led him to spiral into depression.

“I was able to graduate but I could not even secure a job. I am the eldest but I felt like I was useless,” Sammie thought.

Like Sammie, do you feel useless? Are you discouraged by what’s happening in your life right now?

Remember that God has created you with a purpose and He’s not done with you yet. He will meet you in your point of need—just like how He did with Sammie.

Because God knows the thoughts and pleas of Sammie, He encountered him one night.

Sammie chanced upon an episode of The 700 Club Asia, where Coney Reyes was inviting the viewers to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

He went along with the prayer and accepted God wholeheartedly. But the prayer didn’t stop there. Coney interceded for those seeking employment and Sammie, who could relate so much, prayed with her.

Then God answered him in an instant.

While Sammie was still praying, his phone rang. Surprisingly, he received a job offer from one of the firms he applied to! Overwhelmed by God’s swift response, he cried—believing it was God, and He is real.

“That was the turning point for me. That was the beginning of the growth of my relationship with Him,” Sammie joyfully recalled.

After an exam and interview, Sammie got the job.

Meanwhile, the CBN Asia Prayer Center helped him become a part of a Christian church where he can grow in his faith. Since then, he received a succession of promotions from the company he works for. Sammie acknowledges that all of this is a result of Christ’s goodness and faithfulness in his life.

Faith strengthened, Sammie declared, “In whatever profession I am right now, it is not for my own glory, but for God’s glory.”

God has always been near Sammie, so when he cried out to Him, God answered without delay. Remember that God is also near you too. Reach out to Him now and experience His surprising response.

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18 NIV)

Looking for support in prayer? Our dedicated prayer counselors at the CBN Asia Prayer Center are available 24/7 to assist you. You can reach us by calling 8-737-0-700.

Discover more about the CBN Asia Family of Ministries and find out how you can contribute and make a difference in the lives of your kababayans.

Will You Still Trust God After Losing Everything?

What would you do if everything you have were lost? Will you still hope in God and believe that He can restore everything?

Maris Pascual admits that she always feels hopeless. Though she and her husband have a regular job, she finds it hard to see God’s hands in her finances. Maris always feels like it’s not enough. Because of this, she had to borrow some money.

Like Maris, are you struggling financially? No matter how hard you work, what you have does not seem enough?

To cope with financial stress, they tried to establish a slipper business. Things seem to be going well!

But then, a disaster happened. Her business, along with all they own, was destroyed by Typhoon Ondoy.

Have you experienced the same thing Maris went through? Things are going well, but it was only for a short period. How did you get back on your feet?

Maris and her family went back to zero. Aside from losing the business, they have a Php 50,000 loan from the slipper supplier. She also finds it hard to sleep at night especially when it rains because the memory of Ondoy flashes back in her mind.

In her sleepless nights, Maris decided to watch The 700 Club Asia and chanced upon a story of a girl planning to take her own life but encountered God through the show. Maris was amazed and realized that even though things seem hopeless, God is still there—ready to help her.

“I told God that I entrust our lives to His hands. If this is what we have, I cannot multiply it on my own but God can, so I will entrust this matter to Him,” Maris declared.

Armed with faith, Maris decided to donate to Operation Blessing because she was inspired by what she watched on The 700 Club Asia. When Maris obeyed God’s call to give, she witnessed His faithfulness.

They started a new bag business with the help of her aunt. After just 2 years in business, God expanded their equipment from 2 sewing machines to 20 sewing machines, and from 3 workers to almost 50 workers!

Through this, they restored their house that Typhoon Ondoy damaged and even bought properties, and a car, and paid off their debts. She also decided to stretch a hand to the people in need!

She trusted God and He did not fail her.

From zero, God restored what they had and gave them so much more. Believe that He can do the same for you, because He loves you. If you lost everything, trust that the Lord is faithful to restore those who believe.

“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” (Psalm 36:5 ESV)

Do you feel hopeless? Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you.

You can also be a blessing to the hopeless and hurting. Visit this page to know how you can give.

Are You Longing for a Breakthrough?

Whether you are suffering in your finances, career, relationships, or even your own health, you want one thing—a turnaround. A favorable plot twist. And you pray, you plead, and you hope yet still, breakthrough doesn’t seem to be anywhere close.

If you resonate with this situation, let the story of Freddie Lopez assure you that breakthrough will come your way.

With his business suffering great loss and his family’s welfare in line, Freddie’s days were filled with anxiety and fear. He was striving and fighting but barely winning.

During those days, he found consolation through the CBN Asia Prayer Center. He shares that he found comfort in the advice and encouragement he received. He found someone to lean onto during the hardest season of his life.

Freddie designed motorcycle upholstery for a living, but he discovered that his former employees copied his original designs and competed against his business. This, in turn, negatively affected their sales. It’s the last thing he needed when he could no longer sustain his son’s tuition fee.

“I’m disappointed, but I was not discouraged. I persevered and trusted God,” Freddie shared in faith.

Do you feel like you’re struggling endlessly?

Choose to persevere and trust God. Remember, this is not where your story ends. Just like Freddie, look at your struggles through a godly perspective. Do not be moved by what’s breaking you but believe in the God of the breakthrough.

Even in those moments, Freddie held on to God and saw that problem as an opportunity to be a blessing to others. In faith, Freddie gave Php 500 to The 700 Club Asia.

“Though I only had Php 500, I gave and believed that when I seek Him first, He will provide,” Freddie shared in confidence.

Not long after, Freddie saw the fruit of his giving. God slowly proved His power to Freddie and his family, one problem after another.

Freddie received a huge discount to his son’s tuition fee, which cost Php 30,000. With that great news, Freddie was filled with joy.


And God wasn’t done yet.

Soon after, God powerfully moved in his dying business. Out of nowhere, he received 7,000 orders of motorcycle vests from a ride-sharing company. This was the contract that helped their business bounce back.

“I am really amazed. This is the breakthrough that I was praying for my business!” Freddie proudly shared.

All that because Freddie chose to look to God and remained faithful in his giving. The breakthrough he longed for was the breakthrough he received and more. With that, Freddie’s heart was filled with faith and gratitude.

“God redeemed my family and my business because of God’s goodness,” Freddie ended.

Truly, God is faithful to his promises in Matthew 6:33,

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”

No one who seeks God with all his heart will be disappointed. Just a little more, God will move through your situation. Believe that you are closer to the breakthrough you are longing for.

Do you want us to pray for you?

Just call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

Just like Freddie, you can be a blessing too by partnering with us! Visit this page to know how you can give.

Practical Tips to Manage Stress

Do you feel stressed out about the things happening around you? What has caused you stress? How has stress affected you? 

 

Study shows that stress itself is not necessarily harmful. According to the American Psychological Association, stress is to the human condition what tension is to the violin string: too little and the music is dull and raspy; too much and the music is shrill or the string snaps.  

The association added that stress can be the kiss of death or the spice of life. The issue, really, is how to manage it.  

Considering your physical health, your interaction with other people, and the priorities you set in your life are important factors in effectively dealing with stress. Here are 6 practical tips that may help you deal and manage stress: 

Tip #1: Know what stresses you 

Identify the possible causes of your stress and note your response. This means that whenever you feel stressed, note your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Think of ways to eliminate that makes you feel stressed. Perhaps, you may consider reducing your stress by managing your tasks or time efficiently.

One with knowledge restrains his words, and a discerning person stays calm.” – Proverbs 17:27 (TLV) 

Tip #2: Try to live one day at a time 

Recognize that stress is inevitable, especially when you are studying or working. Fretting over things you cannot prevent may increase your stress that can cause anxiety.

Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34 (CEB)  

Tip #3: Pursue work-life balance  

Balanced living means considering all aspects of our life such as work, relationships, physical, emotional, and mental health. Have a realistic view of work and money. Having more money does not always mean more happiness or less stress in your life. Try to live within your means.  

Limit the time you spend checking emails, text messages, or social media applications outside of working hours. Make time to relax and relieve stress by doing things you enjoy. Also avoid being a couch potato.

“But better is resting with one handful than working hard for two fistfuls and chasing after wind.” – Ecclesiastes 4:6 (CEB) 

Tip #4: Try to be orderly  

Make a practical schedule and stick to it. This will keep you from procrastinating on things you have to finish. Identify and correct attitudes that cause you to put off doing necessary tasks.

Let all things be done decently and in order.”- 1 Corinthians 14:40 (WEB)  

Tip #5: Have a support system  

Ask for help and get support from trustworthy people you are comfortable with. Talk things over with friends or loved ones. This may help you to see things from a different perspective led you to a solution you overlooked. It can also help you unburden yourself of your worries and be comforted by kind and compassionate words from people who care.

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” – Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)  

Tip #6: Care for your spiritual needs 

As humans created by God, we need more than food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities in this life. We must also take care of our spiritual needs. 

Reading the Bible can give you practical wisdom that you may apply in your life.  

Prayer can also be a big help. Our loving God invites you to “throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Knowing that our Creator is listening to our prayers can bring us inner peace and happiness in this world.  

“Those people who know they have great spiritual needs are happy. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” – Matthew 5:3 (ICB)  

We would love to uplift you through prayers, you may call CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700.

What Should We Reflect on During Holy Week?

Do you wonder why we commemorate Jesus’ death during Holy Week?

What does it mean for the world?

Is it still relevant today?

Every year, Christians commemorate Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection during Lenten Season, commonly known as Holy Week.

It is a time of reflection on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who came down from the heavens and freely gave His life to bear the sins of the world.

Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

God created earth and man. However, mankind rebelled against Him. As a result, sin and death entered the world.

As the perfect Judge, overlooking sins would make Him unjust. Thus, death became man’s consequence (Romans 6:23), and even good works would not suffice to make up for wrongs against Him. Everyone deserved death because of sin – the boundary and eternal separation between God and men.

But the Good News is that God loves the world, that we may ask for His forgiveness and receive everlasting life through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Jesus is “the way and the truth and the life.” No one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6). By saying this, Jesus has declared that mankind may be saved from the eternal separation from God through believing in Him, as one’s Lord and Savior.

Jesus Christ is the only One who can save people. His name is the only power in the world that has been given for the salvation of mankind (Acts 4:12).

God declared that “without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22), but through the shedding of the precious blood of His holy Son, redemption for the world is provided. Sinless Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for our sins (1 Peter 1:19).

He promised that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but they will have eternal life (John 3:16). They are accepted, cleansed, and accounted righteous before God. Saved by grace, through faith in Jesus—not by good works.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)

To commemorate Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death, here are 3 things to reflect on during this Holy Week:

1. Jesus died on the cross for you

Jesus is the Son of the living God. He is heaven’s perfect lamb for the sins of the world. He willingly gave his sinless life to save you from sin and death (1 Peter 3:18). Through faith in His name, you may be saved and receive everlasting life in His kingdom.

This is the Good News – He died for you so that you may have life in Him. Through God’s grace, salvation is given to mankind as a gift through Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2. Jesus has already trampled death and grave

Jesus Christ’s victory over death means that those who believe in Him have also been granted victory over death! (2 Timothy 1:10).

It is God’s promise for you. You will never be separated from His love – not even death can take away God’s love for you. In Jesus Christ, death and grave have no power anymore! (Romans 8:37-39).

3. Receiving Christ means having eternal life

When you receive Christ into your life, it means that you trust that He already paid for all your sins through His death on the cross, and He will reward you with everlasting life in His heavenly kingdom. He will surely guide you through the Holy Spirit as you embark on your journey of being His follower (John 14:26).

You can look to Him as your loving father, a faithful friend. Even though you are not perfect and there will be times that you may stumble, the Holy Spirit will draw you to repentance so that your close fellowship with God is restored (Psalm 51:7).

Do you want to know more about Jesus? Visit this page and learn how to receive His gift of eternal life.

You may also call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 as we would love to uplift you through prayers.

5 Tips to Finding Your Purpose in Life

Have you ever wondered if God has a plan for your life?

You ask, “Does God even care about me? Does He love me? Why am I here?”

Many people are trying to know the “truth” about the purpose of life; some may even hold on to different philosophical concepts that attempt to explain the hows and whys of life.

To help you reflect this Holy Week, here are 3 tips on how to find purpose in life according to Tanikala presents Kampihan:

 

Tip #1: Get to know Jesus Christ

Angela, Angelica’s mom, encountered God and made things right with her “married” partner. By accepting Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior, she did the right thing of leaving him even when she knows it might hurt her daughter.

Angelica, who resented her mom’s decision, has forgiven her and, finally, understood that it was the right thing to do.

Knowing and following Jesus Christ and His words will surely lead you to peace and goodness, for He is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). He works all things, including your life, according to His purpose (Psalm 57:2). You can count on Him as He deeply cares for you and meets your needs (Psalm 23:1-3).

Tip #2: Acknowledge your sins and confess

Acknowledging your past mistakes and confessing your sins to the Lord will help you to get closer to Him. It brings great joy to God as He manifests Himself as ever forgiving and merciful. The Bible teaches that as you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive (1 John 9:1-10).

In Kampihan, Mang Fred shared his past mistakes with his wife, confessed his sins, and repented. As a result, God blessed him with a happy life and a loving wife. The Lord has ever been faithful to him and to his family.

Just like Mang Fred, God will surely pour out His blessings upon your life if you are also faithful enough to acknowledge your sins and open your heart to His plans (Psalms 66:18).

Tip #3: Pray earnestly

Do you want to know God’s purpose for your life? Pray earnestly to God and build a relationship with Him. Speak to Him as your loving friend and sweet and caring parent and He will surely open the door of answers (Colossians 4:2-3).

As we have seen from Kampihan, Mang Fred and his family always pray together. He and his wife Nanay Anita believe that praying together as a family is a way to give thanks to God and ask for His blessings upon their lives. Prayer is about intimacy with the Lord and each other – a way of opening their hearts to Him.

Ask God in prayer so that you would receive answers to your questions about life and its very purpose (James 1:5-6). How comforting it is to know that the Author of life wants you to speak to Him!

Do you want to know Jesus and discover your purpose in life?

Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

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How to Build and Maintain a Strong, Healthy, and Lasting Marriage?

A loving and enduring relationship? It’s every married couple’s dream!

Whether you’ve been with your spouse for a year or 30, or you are just planning to tie the knot, you know that relationships aren’t a walk in the park. You wonder, “How can we build a loving relationship? Is it possible to sustain a marriage despite our shortcomings? Would God help us with this?”

Through God’s grace, it’s possible! Here’s how you can build and maintain a strong, healthy, and lasting marriage, according to Tanikala presents Senior Moment:

Key #1: Be humble and respectful

In Senior Moment, Pepe and Pilaring kept on bringing up the “sacrifices” they did for the family. Pepe kept on telling her wife that he did everything at work just to provide for their needs, while Pilaring said she also did all she could to take care of Pepe and their children.

Instead of acknowledging their unique role in the family and paying mutual respect, both kept scores in their relationship—saying lists of things one did not do or things he or she did that were insufficient and hurtful.

If you want a healthy and lasting relationship, it’s important to be humble and respectful, even in difficult times! Being sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of your partner will make them feel comfortable being with you. When you are humble and respectful, your partner will surely enjoy and value your company (Philippians 2:3), leading to a lasting relationship.

Key #2: Be forgiving

There will be times that you might offend your partner or the other way around. In Senior Moment, Pepe unintentionally told jokes that were already hurtful to Pilaring; he also buried himself in workloads that he never made time to spend with his wife – one main reason Pilaring did not like their marriage.

Whatever the case in the relationship, always remember that everyone makes mistakes and has a fair share of failures and weaknesses. The Bible teaches that no one should “return evil for evil” (Romans 12:17). So, instead of sowing hatred, calmly and privately talk to your partner about the matter.

In the end, Pepe and Pilaring learned how to openly communicate their needs and feelings, and started extending grace and forgiveness to each other. For a strong, healthy, and lasting marriage, God wants you to be forgiving and to be at peace with each other (Colossians 3:13).

Key #3: Let God be the center of your relationship

God is the author of marriage and relationships. He wants you to have a loving companionship and to live in harmony with each other.

Pepe and Pilaring forgave each other and chose to live together again, spending the rest of their lives caring for and loving each other – a manifestation of the will of God as He wants every couple to have a comforting and loving relationship.

When you put God as the center of your relationship, He will surely guide every decision you make. He will keep your marriage under His wings and will not let go of you from His tender protection. You and your partner will certainly speak love and peace with each other, modeling Jesus Christ (Proverbs 15:4).

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Devotionals

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3