|THE LAW OF LOVE AND MAN'S FREEDOM OF CHOICE
|by Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy
"The love of the
bind you to
Him, you bind
you choose to
be bound to
The Law of Love doesn’t take away our freedom of choice. In fact, it enhances our freedom to choose. It is where our independence from the jurisdiction of the Almighty Father comes from, and where we become real human beings after His own image. That is also where the danger comes from, because we might be able to choose that which is not the Will of the Father and we become devils in the flesh.
The Essence of Democracy
The Law of Love doesn’t bind you not to be able to make any other choices. In fact, the Law of Love enhances your freedom of choice and the Father is not vindictive and is not someone who dictates upon your choices. He is someone who lets you choose and that is the beauty of being created after His own image.
We either enjoy or suffer the consequences of our decisions. This is the essence of democracy. Democracy means you can choose and you can use your discernment to choose without any pressure at all in your choices.
I can be a friend to all, I can be a brother to all, I can be a man who is able to embrace all but that doesn’t take away from me my discernment and my independent choices of the option that were brought in front of me. In the end of the bottom line is I would be the one to balance all of these, I’ll be the one to weigh all of these as I did in Kitbog. I was there, bombarded by the forces of the enemy, but I did not run away from the forces of the enemy. In fact, I was made to listen to them. Only the Father sharpened my discernment in knowing that, that’s the end.
He also sharpened my discernment in knowing that it was His voice talking to me, so I was able to become spiritually mature, especially when I was in Tamayong. It was in Tamayong that I was able to discern between the real genuine good that comes from the Almighty Father and the seemingly good that is sugarcoated good but inside is not the Will of God.
Real Genuine Good
I was able to discern all of that and at the end, I independently made the final choice on what course to follow and what choices to make. I’m speaking for my self. I might not be speaking for others because many others are sometimes pressurized to make decisions out of consideration of many other things but I am quite different from that. I am very independent when I make decisions. You can be my friend, I can talk with you, I can walk with you, I can sleep with you, I can pray with you but in the end, I have to be the one to make decisions. Exactly, that is the Law of Love.
The Law of Love doesn’t bind you into one particular setting of a paradigm imposed unto you that you cannot think of any other but just go to that because of the pressure given to you, that is not the Law of Love. When something is binding you and you cannot exercise your freedom of choice and then you make a choice sometimes out of ignorance, hidden motives or consideration of other people, then you are not within the bounds and limits of the Law of Love.
The Law of Love will release you totally free, make you stand and make your own judgment and decision on what to do in any given circumstance, in any given event, and that is what I would like everyone who is born in the spirit to know.
The Law of Love releases people into doing things. They only have to be guided. They only have to know what is evil and what is good. They have to be guided by the Will of Father. The Father’s Will is what ultimately happens. The Father’s Will is ultimately followed.
As the Appointed Son of God, I am always dedicated to the Will of the Father. I cannot dictate upon the Will of the Father being the Son.
He dictates upon the Son and later on, as I get mature in the spirit, the Will of the Father begins to homogenize within me. The Father’s Will and I become one. The Father’s Will becomes my blood, it becomes my mind, and it becomes the essence of my very being without any bitterness, without any rancor and without anything that would make me resent anything you do because you made a choice.
I will respect your choice whether to become a devil or to become an angel, that’s your choice. I will not interfere in your choice. I will not get angry with you but I will just tell you, I will not get angry. For example, if your choice is to become a devil, I would look at you with pity. I would look at you with eyes of compassion because you have made that choice. And probably you know that, that choice is not God’s choice but you made it anyway. There is no angel in heaven that would stop you from doing that but I, as the Appointed Son, would look at you and say, “I’ll pray for you but I’ll not get angry with you. I’ll not resent because you did not choose me.”
Like for example, there are many who would come to our Thanksgiving and Worship Presentation every Sunday and many thought that they would one day soon become Kingdom citizens and would accept the message of the Appointed Son. Did we pressurize them in doing it? We didn’t. If they won’t ask us to pray for them, we’ll not pray for them. If they won’t ask us to lay our hands on them, we will not do that.
My Rights End Where Your Choices Begin
We will preach the message, we will tell everyone about the message but pressuring them into accepting that message is out of my area of responsibility. That is their area of responsibility. My area of responsibility is to preach the message, lay down the message and it’s up to the people to make a choice without me pressurizing them. Their choice would either make them happy or make them sad but I won’t resent any choices they make.
If their choice after the worship is not to accept my message and go against the Will of the Father, I will not resent their choice, I will not be bitter. I will not include them in my choice because that is their own choice. Each one of us has our own choices. Your rights end where my choices begin, and my rights end where your choices begin.
This is how we practice the Law of Love here in the Kingdom. Kingdom citizens and workers know that. When you are no longer happy in the Kingdom, although I have been with you for many, many years, you may decide to go out of the Kingdom and many of those that have done that signified that they wanted to come out of fulltime ministry, that is their right; that is their choice. It is their right to choose either to stay in the Kingdom or go out of the Kingdom. When they make a decision, we have to respect that decision, we won’t be probably happy in their choices but that is their choice anyway.
If we know that they are going to the wrong way, we cannot do anything but pray for them, not hate them, not be bitter against them, not resent their decision, that is their decision and we respect that decision. That is how we operate in the Law of Love.
The Law of Love gives you the right to choose to become either a devil or an angel, to become a Son of God or a son of the devil. The Father will not resent any choices you make as long as you know the message. My right stops or ends, where your choices begin. When you begin to make a choice, I will not influence you, I will not stop you from doing it, I will not be there to always look at you, and say, “You are an ingrate, why are you doing this, I fed you here for five years, and in the end you will leave me, what are you? You are a devil!” I won’t say that to you. The only thing that I will tell you is: Is that your final choice? If that is so, then I will respect that choice. The door is wide open for you to make your own choices.”
Goes Beyond Our Knowledge
The love of the Father doesn’t bind you to Him, you bind yourself to Him, because you choose to be bound to Him. But it doesn’t bind you automatically and take away your choice because He knows what is good for you. He doesn’t do that. The Father won’t say, “I know what’s good for you, don’t exercise your choice, I’ll be the one to hold you and if you want to get out of My hands, then I’ll be bitter against you.” He is not like that. He will let you make a choice.
The Law of Love goes beyond our knowledge of what the denomination teaches.
It is written in Matthew 5:44-48, “But I say unto you, love your enemy, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.”
That was the Lord Jesus Christ talking. The Law of Love goes beyond the physical. You cannot tell everybody to love you. If I have loved you and you don’t love me in return, that’s not my business, that’s your choice. It’s your choice to hate me. It is my choice to bless you. If you curse me, it’s my choice to bless you. It is my choice to be good to you even if you hate me. There is a command that says, “Be good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)
It is other people’s choice to hate us, persecute us, and call us names, but it is our choice to love them. We don’t interfere and say why are you doing that? I am the Son of God, why do you hate me, why are you persecuting me, why
are you doing this to me? That’s their choice but what is my
choice? My choice is always to follow the Will of the Father,
which is the Law of Love.
That’s why I can sit with anyone, I can talk to anyone, I can be friend to anyone; I can be a brother and a sister
to anyone. I can sleep with you, pray with you and fellowship
with you all night and all day but it does not take away from
me the maturity of making my self that choice. It doesn’t take
away from me my choices. It doesn’t take away from me the
independence of my choice. Just because you are my friend
doesn’t automatically say that I would follow what you do or I
will follow what you suggest. It is the same thing with you to
John 15: 13 also talks about the Law of Love. Greater love hath no man than this that a man will lay down his life
for his friends.
It is my choice to lay down my life for you. It is my
choice to accept you. It is my choice to love you. What are my
other choices? I can sit with somebody who does not believe
in my message, I can even sit with the devil here, I can even
talk to him, I can even eat with him, but it does not take away
from me my choice of following the Will of the Father. Just
because I sat with the devil doesn’t mean that I am following
the choices of the devil. It was his choice to become the devil.
It is my choice to become the Son of God, and it doesn’t mean
that the devil can get angry with me just because I did not follow his will. The devil will not say, “Why did you fellowship
with me?” That’s dictatorship!
The Right to Choose
The Almighty Father who created us is not a dictator.
Once your freedom of choice is taken away from you, then
you are under a dictatorship and these people who are calling
me a cult do not even understand who I am that’s why the
Father keeps on blessing me. Just because it is my choice to
follow the Will of the Father no matter what doesn’t mean I
can dictate upon you and say do as I do or else, I will hate you.
It doesn’t go like that. I will ask you, what is your choice? I
am your Model, I follow the Father through my own choice.
What’s your choice? If your choice is to become like me, welcome to the Kingdom. If your choice is not to follow, then
make your own choice, we might not be together but at least
you made a choice.
See, I have many friends outside of the Kingdom,
who are very close to me. But I did not hate them just
because they did not accept my message and they have been
my friends for years. Did I hate them for that? Did I say, why
are you like that? Why didn’t you follow? No. that is his
choice, I made my choice. When we stand in judgment, then
probably he might learn that he had made a mistake and he
would come to me, why didn’t you tell me? Why didn’t you
let me repent? I preached my message, and you did not accept
it, that’s your choice. That is maturity and that is why I want
every leader of this country, whether religious or political
leaders to be as mature as what I am saying here.
Like for example, the Kingdom Nation had been asking me for guidance, I did not impose that on you, that is ask-
ing me for a guidance who to vote for, I gave you the guidance
without being pressured. You followed that guidance because
it was your choice.
Isn’t it the choice of all of us, to follow the Will of the
Father? Anyone here whose choice is not to follow the Will of
the Father, you are welcome to separate and you are welcome
go out, don’t worry about us. We will not hate you, we will
not persecute you, we will not kill you, we will not assassinate
you with words, we will not resent choices, we will respect your choices, as I respect your choices.
If you don’t want to be interfered when you
have made a choice, please exercise that attitude towards others also. Everything we do is a choice and nobody can interfere with our choices. That is why there
is peace in the Kingdom. I made my choices long time
ago, my choices are solely mine and I want every Filipino to exercise their own choices without being pressured from the outside.
Be fearless when you make a choice. When you
know that you are doing the right thing and you are doing the Will of the Father, nobody should interfere with
As I told you I can sit with the devil everyday. But at the end, I had made my choice already. I
will only follow the Will of the Father no matter what.
The devil had visited me in Tamayong for five years.
In fact, it had become very ordinary for me to see him.
What did he do for five years? He had tried to weaken
my resolve. But I told him, “You cannot do that, I made
my choice already, I will follow the Will of the Father
no matter what.
He didn’t give up. He still tried to court me. He
would offer me different things every year. He tried to
bribe me with wealth, women, flesh, power, and popularity. He even tried to bribe my ego just so I could go
with me him. I told the devil, “I have told you from
the beginning. If I would eat grass, I am prepared to
do that but I will follow the Will of the Father, no matter what.” That was my choice, and even the devil cannot interfere with that choice. Your freedom of choice is your sole given right by the Almighty Father. That is the image of God in you. And when are you exercising that? When you have learned to exercise the Law of Love. Let the law of love prevail in the Philippines. Let the Law of Love rule the world.
Love: Fulfillment of the Law
When you have become mature in exercising your freedom of choice, you will always choose to do what is right. You will always choose to be strong. But when you become weak in your choices, it is also your choice. Weakening your will to follow the Father is also a choice. You chose to be weak, you chose to be fearful. I chose to be strong and I chose to be firm.
Romans 12:9 says, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”
Let love be without dissimulation. Do you know what dissimulation means? Let love be without interference in your choices because it ceases to be love when your choices are being interfered upon. If I chose to love the devil, God who is love, will not come down and say; “You are making the wrong choice. I will hate you for that”. That is no longer love.
The Father will gently tell me; “Son this is my Will and you know it. Is that your final choice?” Love is without dissimulation. There is no interference in your freedom of choice. But if your freedom of choice is being interfered upon, it ceases to be the Law of Love. It is the law of dictatorship and the Father did not make us human beings, designed to have dictators upon us. We were designed to have our own choices, that’s why we need to become mature and discerning.
“…Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” So He will only let you know His Will. That’s why I always use divine guidance in the decisions I make everyday, especially in life-changing decisions that I make. I always consider the Will of the Father in whatever I do. I would like everyone to respect that and I would also respect your choices.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore love is fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:10) Just because you have loved, you cease to make a choice. Love is not blind, love has bright eyes in making its own choice and that is the Law of Love.