Knowing GOD’s LOVE — Part II
…As I stepped down from the table, the crowd stepped back and parted. When the young woman reached me, she just stood there and wept uncontrollably. Without any words or even much thought, I stretched out my arms toward her. She crumpled into my arms and continued to weep. As her tears continued to flow and my arms surrounded her, I couldn’t help but feel God’s arms surrounding the two of us. In that moment I began to feel the overwhelming sense of God’s love—for both of us.
She looked up at me with tears and said, “I was laughing at you because I thought you were one of those people that was going to preach at me and tell me what a bad person I am. Then you began to talk about love and Jesus.” She hesitated and then went on, “I’ve been involved in a homosexual lifestyle and I want to change. Can Jesus love me, too?”
As God’s love flooded my heart, the only thing that I could say was, “Child, Jesus loves you so much. So much.” She prayed and asked Jesus into her heart that day. Many of the Christian students that were there cheered for her, encouraged her and prayed for her as she found her new life in Christ. Many more people came to the Lord that day as hundreds of people gathered.
Words cannot describe the love I felt that day while sharing the gospel with that young lady, but one thought kept pounding me: Why do we so often swim around in the shallow pools of God’s love (if there is such a thing) when he beckons us into its depths? It’s in the depths that we find freedom from fear and compassion for people who are lost and hungry for love. When we understand the width, depth and height of God’s love, we can see through the window of compassion straight into a person’s heart. Ephesians 3:17-19 says, “And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide, and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”.
[You can learn more about Harvey Cozart at his website: Life Awakening Ministries]
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