COUNCIL FOR THE RESTORATION OF FILIPINO VALUES (CRFV)
Civil Service Commission Accredited Learning and Development Institute
Repentance is feeling deep regret and sorrow for your sin, and then redeeming your actions by turning away from that sin and restituting or making reparations to please God.Repentance is not sheer apology, whereby you simply say sorry to the one you offended; or remorse, whereby you just feel deeply in shame for being caught in the act of doing the sin. Repentance is a strong sense of conviction against sin and the resolution not to be entangled again in it.
Again, going to church and doing charitable works does not mean you are repentant of your sins, although they can to a certain degree constitute acts of repentance. Many corrupt public officials go to church and do charitable works on a regular basis, host religious festivals, and donate large sums of money to religious projects to appear penitent and pious. However, such hypocrisy does not go unnoticed in the sight of an all-knowing God, to whom we will all be held accountable for everything we have done while on earth, whether good or bad.
Zaccheus was a chief tax collector despised by the Jews during the first century. After receiving an encounter with God, he decided to return seven times the amount of goods he stole from the poor. That was true repentance in action. Judas Iscariot, on the other hand, after betraying his Rabbi for thirty pieces of silver, decided to commit suicide in grave remorse. That was not repentance, clearly because he deprived himself of the chance to restitute or make reparations for his sin.
 Luke 19:8
What is that one sin that keeps holding you down? Ask God for the grace and wisdom to repent and completely emancipate from that sin. Are you a corrupt public official? Repent. Do you have extramarital affairs? Repent. Are you a drug user or a drug pusher? Repent. Do you curse your neighbors, slander, or spread gossips? Repent. Ask God to enter your heart and let Him become your personal Lord and Savior. He can do it. Trust Him.
“Pray without ceasing.” – Saint Paul
On February 3, 2018, The Philippine Star featured an article highlighting that the Philippines maintained the position as the world’s social media capital for three consecutive years according to 2018 Global Digital Report. The study revealed that, in 2017, Filipinos would spend an average of about four (4) hours on social media and nine (9) hours and 29 minutes on internet daily. The same report also highlighted that 63% (67million) of the Philippine population (total population of 105.7million) have access to the internet. With this, imagine the magnitude of impact when the internet connection is down or the speed is slow.
Have we ever experienced intermittent internet connection or even no connection at all due to technical glitches and delays in resolving the issue? How about our telecommunication provider’s line is down resulting to no signal to call or receive calls and text messages? In the age of social media and advanced technology, having no internet or phone connection even for a day seems unimaginable. One would feel disconnected to and uninformed about the world. Others would even feel that something is missing in a day. One’s response to such situation reflects much about the value of being connected.
This week’s value on prayerfulness also talks about connection. Prayerfulness is the act of being connected to God all the time. As public servants who are constantly faced with temptations and challenges because of prevailing ill of graft and corruption, the value of prayerfulness is undoubtedly essential. This is anchored on the Preamble of our Constitution that states, “We, the sovereign Filipino people imploring the aid of the Almighty God”. Imploring the aid of the Almighty God symbolizes our dependency to our Creator and signifies our admission that we can do nothing apart from Him. Recognizing the fact that a human, by nature, is frail without divine intervention, prayerfulness must be a constant practice.
Saint Paul encouraged us to pray unceasingly, which simply means having a communication with God in heart and mind in everything we do. It is a sign that we seek divine guidance rather than relying on our own, which ensures success and accurate decisions. Similarly, we are strengthened in our inner being. We become God-conscious rather than physically conscious, which increases our sense of spirituality. Our complete surrender to God exudes humility and meekness, thereby nurturing all other virtues. It does away arrogance and all sorts of impropriety at the workplace. By prayerfulness, misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of public service will be avoided, as we walk with the fear of God.
Prayerfulness is the only connection that cannot be disrupted by technical glitches, system malfunction or accessibility issue. It only takes a posture of humility to acknowledge our dependence on God, who is accessible all the time. Imagine the impact if more than 63% of the Philippine population sincerely values prayerfulness. Let it start in our agency, office or institution today.
We are part of a generation of "BREED WITHOUT GREED". A radical opposition to corruption; Godly seeds in the Land who have chosen to make a difference; standing up against all forms of wickedness and winning by righteousness!
CRFV was recently appointed as the implementing Civil Society Organization of the Values Restoration Program (Civil Service Commission Announcement No. 40 s. 2013) empowering the organization to deliver its advocacy to all Constitutional Bodies, Departments, Bureaus and National Government Agencies (NGAs); Local Government Units (LGUs); Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) with original charters; and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
There is a nationwide launching and discussion of a common value each week.
The Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values (CRFV) is a non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to the effort in transforming the Filipino public servant and the local government leadership to subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Values that shall provide our nation, the Philippines, with righteous, incorruptible, and sincere service towards a graft free society through the help and guidance of the word of GOD consistent to the exemplary life of our Lord Jesus Christ.