Issue of June 9, 2019
     
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Dealing with inner garbage disposal
CAROLINE L. BELTRAN, Baguio City

Once a week, garbage trucks move slowly down the street to collect garbage. Full and sometimes overflowing garbage containers are picked up, emptied into the truck and returned to each house. During the next week, as the rubbish or trash accumulates we become eager for the return of the garbage truck.

Causing more disgust than this is the personal trash that are accumulated, gathered, or collected in our hearts and minds. Some of our garbage – hatred, bitterness, gossip, resentment, lust, greed, anger are obviously foul. They are vulgar, insulting, and unfair.

But even what looks like good deeds or upright behavior can reek or have a strong and unpleasant smell like garbage, if contained by selfish pride.

The Bible calls this inner garbage “sin.” In 1 John 1:8-10, God’s disposal system is outlined: If we claim to have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His Word has no place in our hearts.

Confession means calling our sins what God calls them. We need not fear revealing them to Him for He already knows them. The dictionary concordance states that confession is saying what we believe and telling our sins to God.

Give thanks to God with a grateful heart. His sin disposal service is available everywhere, every day, not just at Church on Sunday. God wants us to get rid of our garbage.

We have to acknowledge that problems may be rooted in sinful choices we have made. We have to admit willingly that we did wrong and we sinned. We can be forgiven by God and others. By admitting that we have failed, we qualify for the spiritual deliverance that only God can give. This is a vital part of our healing.

Standing on the promises of God that cannot fail when the howling storms of doubt and fail assail. By the Living Word of God I shall prevail. I’m standing on the promises of God. Amen.

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I am sure majority of our baby boomers generation welcome the planned inclusion of good manners and right conduct (GMRC) and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in the curriculum.
 

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