June 9, 2018 by James Lindquist
I wrote this for you sis.
However, if it’s OK, I’d like to dedicate it to my family
And my friends/readers
It was a partnership with me and God.
Recently you wrote a lovely post on Facebook projecting your loving heart on “Loving one another even when differences occur, not to think less of a person because they have a different opinion than you do. Love loves in spite of those differences when disagreeing.” This is only a summary of what you wrote but nonetheless, I agree whole heartedly. There’s never a time for harsh, hurtful, or disrespectful words, especially to family.
You know what sis, we’ve all been the recipient of those kinds of things and they do hurt. I have recently been hurt thusly. I don’t suppose I am unique in this aspect for we’ve all been hurt, persecuted, slammed, hammered, rejected, verbally abused, punished, and accused of something. . .sometimes for something we didn’t even do. (We’re in good company because Christ comes to mind.) Nevertheless, guess what sis, after a little time of feeling the pain, I came to a decision. This didn’t feel good. Therefore, I chose not to dwell on the hurt, but to dwell on the positive things in my life and on life in general. I chose to dwell on my Lord, who loves me unconditionally.
I began writing things down to dwell on in hopes that it may help a brother or sister, and when I read what I had written they were all Scriptural. The first thing that crowded my mind was Christ on the Cross. I seemed to remember that I told someone this a while back but that quote came back to me only in a different and more profound way. I heard, “Christ loves you more than life itself, because he gave His for you.” I had told someone that they meant more to me than life. However, after hearing it in my spirit from The Spirit, I began to wonder about how empty it was when I said it to this other person.
This was a powerful time for me sis. Christ took time out of running a universe and answering billions of prayers just to encourage me. It brings me to tears sis. It humbled me greatly and put me on my knees in praise, worship, and adoration. I wrote in my own words, not knowing that they were mostly Scriptural.
Because of your relentless and constant encouragement to me sis, I wanted to write a response back to your beautiful heart felt post on FaceBook from my own heart. I know that you love the Lord with all your heart as well. The first thing that came to my mind via the Holy Spirit was that Christ would never leave or forsake me [Hebrews 13:5], and that He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother [Proverbs 18:24]. That greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends [John 15:13]. Blessed are you when people insult and persecute you for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they me [Matthew 5:11, 12]. He told me not to worry because he had overcome the world [John 16:33]. He said that the Devil comes to kill and destroy me but He came to give me life more abundantly [John 10:10]. My persecutors have not prevailed against me [Psalms 129:2]. He told me that I was more than a conqueror through Him [Romans 8:37].
I wanted to write all these as Scriptures but it would have been too long. There were more that I wrote but again, it would be pretty long for some to read. It’s pretty long as it is. But the capper to my time with the Lord is when He relayed Romans 8:38, 39 to me. Sis I love the Lord with all my heart and if it weren’t for Him. . . . . . . .I can’t even guess.
v38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
v39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:38-39 KJV]
As I read this Scripture again to myself I can feel the Holy Ghost all over me. I am tingling with His presence. Christ loves me sis. He loves all of us. For that, I am sure. God bless you sis and be it known that I love you very much. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon you.