Tell them I love them…
Yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather so I slept in for while. I was so dead asleep that I did not even hear a single knock at the door. I found out later that someone had knocked. I proceeded to the coffee machine in a daze to find my liquid source of “alive” then I let the dogs out the door to pee. It was so frigid outside, so me being in my pajamas backed in to avoid the cold, but then heard some say “Hello?”
I hugged myself and looked out to see a toque over the fence. I said, “hello?” A kid peeked up over the fence and said, “hey, I knocked on your door earlier, but you didn’t hear me. I was just wondering if you wanted your driveway shoveled? If you have ten dollars I can do it for you.” He looked up at me and immediately my heart sunk. It was like his eyes were piercing my soul. I saw such sadness and emptiness inside even though he was smiling. He had dark circles, pale complexion, and a desperation about him. It’s almost as though God had took me past the exterior straight to his soul in a split second.
He said, ” My name is Peter. I’m your neighbors kid from up the street.” I then remembered he lived in an old house up the street, where a lady lived that I sold Avon to, but little did I know what went on in their home. There were conversations around town that he sold drugs from his room upstairs and his mother was a hoarder who smoked pot all of the time.
In response to Peter, I said I would ask my husband if it was okay since our driveway really wasn’t that bad, and we normally do it ourselves. He said okay great, and if you need weeding done I’m available also. I asked my husband when he came home, and the answer was, absolutely not. “He’s just a drug addict!”
Me being newly married, and new to this area, had no idea of the things that go on in the community, or the gossip. I generally prefer to keep to myself most of the time which is a downfall of mine.
Of course, I agreed to do what my husband requested. But something felt wrong in my spirit about how he referred to the boy. “He’s just a drug addict.” I know that my husband was describing him in a way that said “beware” for my own protection, but, I got a revelation from God the moment those words came out of his mouth. I immediately started thinking about Jesus eating with sinners, and dying on the cross for them.
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17 (NIV)
Who am I?
In alcoholics anonymous meetings the phrase, “Hi, my name is _______ and I am an alcoholic.” It’s okay to confess the problem at hand, but once you become sober, are you to live with that name over your head for the rest of your life? Jesus doesn’t call us by our sin or define us by the things that once destroyed us. He calls us children of God – Royalty. It does not matter what your past was, or where you are now, He calls us out to be children of God, and leave our sin behind.
Judge not, that ye be not judged
How can we judge? (Matthew 7:1) We are all born into sin, and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) That is why Jesus had to come and save us.
I immediately knew that even though I have to practice wisdom and protect myself from people like this, they still need prayer. I immediately felt sorrowful for this kid, and thought, if we just push people like this away, and place a stigma or label on them, who helps them? The woman caught in adultery in the book of John is a good example. Someone might ask why would we give these type of people the time of day? Because we are all with sin and in need of saving.
“When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 (NIV)
God told me to pray for Peter and He would work out the rest. So, I’ve made it my goal to pray for kids like this. He dropped out of school and began selling drugs at a young age, I’ve since found out. There are many kids and like Peter who grow up to be adults with no hope or future outside of what they know. But God loves EVERY ONE. Even the sinner. He loves the sinner, he hates the sin.
God loves even the most difficult to love. If you think God loves you more than the thief next door? Think again. That thief was once an innocent baby boy or girl. What happened in their life for them to turn to such outrageous things? I’m not justifying anyone. We are all to pay consequence for our actions, but God has given an opportunity for saving and for hope, don’t we all deserve forgiveness? The bible says if we cannot forgive another persons sin, how can we expect to be forgiven. (Matthew 6:15)
If God said, don’t bother with them they are just a bunch of sinners, a lot of us wouldn’t be here today. Prayer is the most powerful tool we have, and God wants us to use it for ourselves and others. Prayer changes things.
Jesus was accused of many wrong doings, mocked, and cast aside. Even after all of that, He still loved us. How can it be? If someone has hurt you, it’s very easy to cast someone aside instead of pray for them. But how can we judge when we are capable of the same wrongdoing? We all have the measure of sin that we were born into. We just have to choose to allow God to save us from ourselves. There are some that just won’t be helped, and that’s the unfortunate part of life. Not all will find the way.
“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.” Jeremiah 5:1
Parable of the lost sheep
God was saying in this passage, if there is even one person left to be saved, I will make a way for them. Like the parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18:12) A good shepherd will go out of his way to find that one lost sheep, because it is just as valuable to Him as the other 99. Think on that for a minute! How blessed are we to have a God that loves us THAT MUCH!
We can never out-love God
My very dear friend, a woman of God, has gone through some pretty trying things. And has come to me many times for prayer, as I have her. And she admitted to me that she had picked up smoking again after hiding it for some time. I let her know that although I wasn’t happy that she was doing something unhealthy I still loved her the same and would pray for her. She said to me, “thank you for still loving me, and accepting me, I was afraid you would judge me.” That is the society we live in. Jesus loves us unconditionally. We can never out-love God.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
God loves you!
The whole point of creating this blog to start with, was to tell people about the Love of God, and for people to become inspired to accept His Love. God said, “Tell Them.” I speak on different topics, but all messages lead to the same conclusion. God Loves You….