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Guest Post by Harvey Cozart: Knowing GOD’S LOVE — Part II

Knowing GOD’s LOVE — Part I

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]

[You explore more of Harvey’s teaching at YouTube]

Guest Post by Harvey Cozart: Knowing GOD’S LOVE — Part I

As I reflect on God’s great love, I would like to share an experience I was a part of where I witnessed the power of His love.   Several years ago I decided to do some open-air evangelism on campus with a friend of mine, who was involved in the same campus ministry I was in at that time. After much prayer we decided to do some preaching in the free speech area on the campus. I was nervous, but felt confirmation that this was what God wanted. On a cloudy Monday morning I met him there and to my surprise there were several students there also. My friend had made some calls the night before to tell folks to come out and support us in prayer.

So we all joined hands and began to pray for God’s will to be done. As students began to offer up prayers to God, other students joined us. At least thirty students ended up gathering together that morning to pray. I started to feel more confident. It was like being in the huddle of a basketball team, motivating each other before a big game. I was ready to tell the world about Jesus.

As I climbed onto a concrete table that elevated me above the crowd, I noticed the clouds fading away, allowing the sun to make its grand appearance. I looked at the slim crowd waiting in anticipation for what I was going to say. Others walked by with books in hand, giving me a quick glance as they moved on. Things seemed normal during that moment—people talking with each other, some reading books quietly to themselves and others just enjoying the sun’s rays. But when I opened my mouth to speak, everything changed. All attention was focused on me.

As I began to talk, I noticed the unusual loudness of my voice and how far it carried. I thought, Whoa, Harvey, are you really doing this? Many more people started to gather around and listen to what I was saying. I began to share with them about the love of Jesus and how in his great love he bore our own sins upon himself. I said, “God is not out to condemn you and tell you that he hates you, but he desires to save you and tell you that he loves you.”

As I continued, I noticed a young student who joined in heckling and laughing with the small group of people she was with. They pointed at me and made gestures as if to distract me. Her preppy look stood in contrast to the all-black attire her friends wore. For some strange reason I focused right on her. She became my only audience as I continued to talk about the love of Jesus.

Then something powerful happened. Her laughter stopped and her face contorted in confusion. Tears slowly began to stream down her face, and she started to walk toward me. Her friends looked as puzzled as I felt. They called out to her, “Hey, come back. What are you doing?” Her tears were followed with loud sobs as she sped up her pace in my direction…

[You can learn more about Harvey Cozart at his website: Life Awakening Ministries]

[You explore more of Harvey’s teaching at YouTube]