Something Sad

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:7-9 KJV

For the last two weeks I have been so overwhelmed with joy, excitement and happiness that there have been times that I have had to force myself to think about something sad because I thought I was literally going to have a heart attack. I am so thankful that I have been through many dark valleys and have experienced a lot of heartaches, terror and agony because I can really understand how other people feel when they tell me they are enduring the same things. I can tell them, not only on the authority of the Word of God, but also as a lady who has been through these things, that there is hope and His name is Jesus.

When I start thinking about the Saviour of the world loving me, my heart starts beating faster and I get very excited. I stand amazed and I am humbled that He would love me so much that He would willingly allow them to crucify Him. He did that for me and He did that for you! There is no greater love than the love of our precious Saviour and our Heavenly Father.

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for loving us so much that You sent Your only Son to die for us. Thank You, Jesus, for loving us so much that You took our place on the cross. Indeed, You paid a price that You did not owe. You paid the debt for us that we could not pay. You are wonderful and altogether lovely, Jesus.

One victorious day Jesus is coming back for us with a shout of triumph and I will have the privilege of seeing my precious Saviour face to face. I will be able to hug Him and try to tell Him how very dear He is to me. I don’t think I will do a lot of talking when I see Him. I think I will bow at His feet in adoration, awe and appreciation.

Without Him, there is no reason to get out of bed because nothing makes sense without Jesus. There is no reason for me to live unless I can serve Him. I know that He loves everybody, but He loves me, Joanne Lowe. Why would He suffer and die for us? It is because not only does He give us unconditional love; He is unconditional love!

I had disappointed a lot of people because I didn’t meet their expectations of me. I hated everybody because of all the sexual, mental and verbal abuse that was inflicted on me. I certainly didn’t trust anyone. I was afraid of everybody. For over forty years I wanted to kill myself every day. There wasn’t a day go by that I didn’t try to think of a way to kill myself.

One glorious day as I lay underneath a hospital bed in a mental hospital, my beautiful Saviour reached down His nail scarred hands to me. He came to me when I couldn’t go to Him. He lifted me up out of the horrors and pain of my life and sat me on His lap of understanding, mercy, grace and forgiveness. He put His loving arms of unconditional love around me and drew me close to His heart of compassion.

He has never let me go, not even for one minute. Is it any wonder that I say and will continue to say as long as I have breath, there is no one like Jesus! No one loves us like Jesus loves us. He is the beautiful Rose of Sharon. He is the great I Am. He is the Lily of the valley. He is the calm in the midst of life’s storms. He is the peace that passes all understanding. He is the very breath that I take and I love Him with all of my heart. Worthy is the Lamb of God! All hail King Jesus! He is the King of kings and Lord of lords! What a Saviour! What a Friend!

O dear friends, you don’t have to wait until you get to Heaven to have peace and joy and happiness. Jesus is our peace, joy and happiness. Do you have this peace, joy and happiness in your heart? Have you humbled yourself and bowed at the feet of Jesus and invited Him into your heart to be your Saviour? If not, not only will you never experience this overwhelming joy, peace, happiness and excitement, you will spend all eternity with satan instead of Jesus.

Please don’t let that happen to you! Jesus paid an expensive price for your salvation, joy, peace and happiness. He died in your place as He hung there on a cruel cross of torment, anguish, pain and horror. He was beaten beyond recognition for you. He was spat upon, cursed and mocked. They plucked His beard and treated Him worse than anybody has ever been treated or will ever be treated. He endured all of that abuse for you. He can do no more for you.

The rest is up to you. Nobody else can make the choice for you as badly as they want to because salvation is personal. It is between Jesus and you. Please don’t keep rejecting Him. Don’t keep hurting Him. Hasn’t He suffered enough for you? I urge you; I beg you say “yes” to Jesus right now, even as you read this because you may not have another hour to live!

Copyright 2007 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved
The author may be contacted via her website: http://www.heavenwardbound.com

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