Love So Amazing E10
The pastor asked everyone to open to first John chapter four verse twelve. He read aloud to the congregation from his bible ‘No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in our hearts’. He then asked the congregation to keep a finger on that verse while they quickly opened to first John chapter three verses seventeen, eighteen and nineteen; again he read aloud ‘If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God. Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it. When we love others, we know that we belong to the truth, and we feel at ease in the presence of God’.
He asked the congregation to take a few seconds to read the verses again to themselves. ‘Dearly beloved, if you look directly behind me, you can see that the banner reads “God’s LOVE, so Amazing” and that is our topic this morning’. He went on to tell the congregation that the only way they could express God’s love was by meeting the needs of those around them. The need could be as simple as a smile or as energy sapping as making a sacrifice of time. He said it was not enough to announce to the world they were for Christ, when there was no evidence of His love present in their actions.
In the course of the sermon, Deola finally understood what her family had been doing for years; reaching out to her and meeting her needs. It was the same thing the Chosen Generation fellowship did for her and their members. Also the same thing Kate and her family have been practising all these months. It dawned on her that she had been fighting Christ by fighting His love through all these people and she was tired of fighting. All she wanted now was to be loved: by God and everyone that was dear to her. She was done running and she ready to surrender.
At that point of her surrender, she suddenly realised the pastor had ended his sermon and was calling for those that wanted to have a genuine encounter with ‘LOVE’ Himself. She was ready to experience that but was afraid to go forward by herself. Kate and her mother had been watching Deola since they heard her sniff unconsciously and realised she had tears rolling down her face. When the pastor made the altar call, they both saw the struggle on her face and knew she was ready but afraid to go forward by herself. Mrs. Osagie made eye contact with her daughter and mouthed ‘accompany her’.
Kate gently held Deola’s hand and whispered ‘I would gladly accompany you if you are ready now’. Deola nodded and both ladies made their way to the front while Kate’s parents raised their hands in thanksgiving because they had been praying for Deola for so long. They felt so much joy; it was almost like when their own biological daughter, Kate came to the Lord.
To be continued…
Bible version – Contemporary English Version CEV