John 3:14-18 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
The feeling I have after reading these passages is amazing. I want to jump up and cheer and say, "Come on people you have to follow Jesus!" The last line verse 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” resonates so loud to me. I felt so lost, alone and VERY ANGRY before I received Jesus. I told a friend of mine, who has only known me since I received Jesus, that people were afraid of me because of my anger. She was shocked and said that she would never say anything like that about me. An old friend of mine was in the room and she confirmed that I am a completely different person after receiving Jesus. The hope and joy that comes from believing in Jesus and feeling HIS love is overwhelming and almost intoxicating at times. I used to roll my eyes when people tried to tell me about Jesus. I have made sure to call them and tell them about my love for Jesus now and thank them for caring enough to try and lead me to HIM. The pastor said this past Sunday that we have got to do a better job at getting people to know the love of Jesus. If they decide on their own to turn away that is one thing, but we have to make sure that we at least try. I was horrible when it came to watching anyone who claimed to be a Christian. I would watch their every move and because I felt that they were out to show me what a horrible person I was and how I was going to burn (yes, this was said to me). My thought is that we must show the LOVE of JESUS first. Show a person through your actions the love and then they just might follow you to Jesus. A person who did not know me took the time to stop her car and get out to give me a hug all because she knew I needed love. I told her that I didn’t believe in Jesus and I had no intention of ever changing. She never batted an eye and continued to show me love. Through her love and the AMAZING POWER OF GOD I am one of you people today and I couldn’t be happier. What may seem like a small action to you may be life changing to someone else. Everyone is loved by Jesus but not everyone knows this or how to receive HIS love. Maybe if we just sprinkle a little bit of love salt on people they will begin to seek HIS love.
I hope you are filled with joy and peace as you go through you day and night. May God give you what HE knows you need today. Peace and Love