President's Message

THE EFFECTS OF A RIGHT CHOICE!

Greetings! Today I will share God’s Word and fellowship with the Cornerstone Church family and attend another meeting in the Lower Mainland. Please keep this lovely Church family and their ministries in your prayers.

This morning I would like to share with you some thoughts about Ruth, another “faith champion”. The  book that carries her name is an incredible love story. It displays Ruth’s love towards Naomi, Naomi’s people, and Naomi’s God. Yes, Ruth walked faithfully with God for the rest of her life after she accepted Him as her God.

Ruth represents those who were “taken from the world”, accepted Christ as their Saviour through a genuine conversion, and were (are) willing to show their love through faithful acts to God and humanity. Naomi’s sincere faith and her friendly and loving attitude towards Ruth were powerful testimonies to introduce her daughter-in-law to her new God and new people. The name Naomi means “pleasant” and that was what she was to Ruth.

Ruth was an extraordinary woman: kind, courteous, considerate, and humble. She was open to accept suggestions, have her opinions, and make decisions of her own. She was active, believing, and above all virtuous (Ruth 2:2,7, 13; 3:5-11).

Ruth confronted the disheartening possibility of having to say goodbye forever to her mother-in-law. Life circumstances forced Naomi to go back to her country and people as an empty-handed woman — window and childless. Instead, Ruth chose differently … “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God… .” She was determined to follow Naomi till her own death: “Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.” (Ruth 1:16-17 NIV)This is one the most beautiful expressions of love found in the Bible. It is also a symbol of a sincere and converted heart covenant with Jesus — a promise to walk with Him and remain faithful to Him, always! Ruth exemplified this in her life through acts of love, gratitude, and positive attitude towards all people around her to the point that everyone in Bethlehem got to know and love her (Ruth 3:11). Thus, she honoured the meaning of her name — “Friend”. The most amazing part of this whole story is that Jesus, our Saviour, “was born” through the lineage of Ruth! God’s plan of salvation includes forgiveness, acceptance, inclusion, mercy, peace, comfort, a bright future, and it is beyond our comprehension (Jeremiah 29:11).

Yes, we need to follow Ruth’s example in our relationships. People, inside and outside the church, need and appreciate love, attention, a warm friendly smile, and real friendship. God has shown His love for us through Christ even to offer Him as a living sacrifice for us. May God help us to convey His genuine love to others. This is Ruth’s loving message for us today!

Happy Sabbath!

In His Service,   

Wesley Torres

President


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