The greatest story of love is the story of Jesus Christ. Since the very beginning of the Bible, God has shown His love to man. Even though He requires death as punishment for sin, God promised a redeemer who would come to earth to save mankind.
There is a story that i want to share with you …
There once was a young girl whose heart was fragile , fragile for the poor, fragile for the lost , her heart brakes for people in need or hurting. She was very compassionate and sympathetic towards the poor especially.
Her desire for the lord was one of the things that would stick out to you about her.
But as all humans she had weaknesses that would come and bring her down.. thoughts of “you’re not good enough” , “this is too hard for you! You can’t live for God!, go back to your old ways” The enemy would come and bring her past up or bring present situations to make her feel guilty .
It’s Saturday and shes in a rush to get to prayer meeting .. a few days before prayer though , this girl felt it in her spirit to encourage her friends in the lord with these words :
Hey ladies… I deeply feel like we all should try to get together again soon- whether hanging out, prayer/worship night, webcam, or whatever. I know that most of the times our flesh does not want to, but idk… personally for me it’s been a rough and long “week,” and I feel like anyone else including me, has definitely been in our own worlds, playing around with some of the same sins, or just overall fighting some old battles from the past that’s reappearing… we gotta keep the assembly together, to continually try to be here and support each other, uplift, encourage, motivate, and etc… it’s way too easy to let ourselves get caught up with our own worlds, our own lives, our own feelings… and I feel like it’s fake to say all this bc I’ve been doing exactly all this- in my own world, feelings/emotions, sins, etc… and then we come together to praise Jesus and glorify him… but it’s not fake at all… it’s knowing we are broken, need Jesus badly, need each other, and laying it at his feet and giving it to him and remembering that only he is worthy and deserving of ourselves and our worship…and building each other up, too. My flesh says nah, it’s cool. But dude… idk… All I know is that the word says “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25 I think. Our days may seem longer, but the days are actually getting shorter. Idk man. I know too many people around me that are/were believers and who knows the truth, but have/are falling away!!!!! It hurts and all these burdens… I miss all of you guys individually and also as a group. Not no cliche or anything, but as a group, team.
Ps we still have a mission to help the homeless. Souls
Her friend’s then reply with a “YES! Lets continue with prayer meeting this week!”
So as she’s driving in a rush to get to prayer night .. out of nowhere a traumatic horrible experiance occurs; a homeless man crosses the street, it was evening and in one quick second not looking without a thought she accidentally hits this homeless man ! This may seem crazy and questions may arise as to How?! Didn’t she pay attention!? But that wasnt the case at all. I believe God uses the good the BAD and the ugly for his purpose.
A traumatized girl in shock and despair gets out of the car in panic and rushes to the poor homeless man ..so many thoughts flood her mind not knowing what to do or think.. thoughts come to her mind ; is he ok? Did I hurt him? How did this happen? …
Thankfully this homeless man is okay ! The girl in panic and with compassion holds his arm and asks if he’s ok? And if there’s anything hurting him? Thankfully just some minor side pain but nothing serious was wrong!
Her heart is filled with so much compassion for him and starts apologizing to him , the homeless man was so kind towards her because he truly did see it was a accident and how much she was crying . She then offers him money she had left over $13 and some homeless bags which she coincidentally prepared together weeks before this happened to pass out to homeless people .
The homeless man did NOT ask for one thing .. or did not threaten her that he will call the police. He was so humble and kind. They just parted ways knowing that the girl will just drop off some homeless bags to his campsite where he was staying.. ( though he wasn’t relying on anything )..
The girl got back in her car just bawling … trying to process everything that just happened she amazingly thanked God that it wasn’t worse and is astonished that he didn’t want anything or even call the police? She then calls her good friend to come meet her and to help her drop some bags off to the man .
They meet, and try from there to go look for this man to give him the homeless bags this is all she could do to repay him for what happened.. but they couldn’t find him .
They began to drive back to the prayer meeting; stating that when its day light tomorrow “we can try to go and look for him”.
The good friend in the car receives this beautiful picture that the Lord placed on her heart for his People all because of the traumatic experience that happened to her friend that night.
- The homeless man that was hit was a Representation of Jesus ;
Who is more homeless than a person nailed up on a cross? Jesus had been stripped of his clothes to die in agony, with no home, no possessions, no bank account and hardly a friend within sight.
Philippines 2:6-7 6Though he was God,he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.7Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;he took the humble position of a slaveand was born as a human being.When he appeared in human form.
Jesus in no way is poor , but his demeanor is what im talking about. The homeless man was kind and humble and Excuzed the girl for the horrific thing she did of hitting him with the car..just like the story in John 8:10-1110Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”11“No, Lord,” she said.And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
What a God thing to do?! I mean , this homeless man does not have anything! Why would you not want justice or sue her for money? Im sure he could’ve used the money to move up and change his life .
- The homeless forgave her because he seen how aware she was of the awful thing that happened.
The girl when she ran to him she was a mess and she came before him with all her heart to forgive her . She wasnt passive. Jesus is just like this too ! How can God forgive you if you’re not sorry? There has to be true repentance; a turning away from sin ..all he wants is our hearts ! To recognize our sin before him. Just like in 1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
The girl deserved the police to come out and pay for what she has done… just like us we deserve hell . Ephesians 2:4-54 But God had so much loving-kindness. He loved us with such a great love. 5 Even when we were dead because of our sins, He made us alive by what Christ did for us. You have been saved from the punishment of sin by His loving-favor.
This is Grace! Un merited Favour ! Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. This is Love !
God shook us that night , he encouraged us to see that His love for us exceeds our sin!
He pardoned us and said im not looking at you’re flaws ! This is the story of The cross ! This is the Gospel that we are preaching!
When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
You and I represent the two criminals on Jesus side we deserve Death but in all his Mercy he turned to the criminal on the right and in his compassion seeing that the criminal wanted to be with him and believed that he was Jesus the Son of God , he told him “today you will be with me in paradise ”
This is what I’m talking about ! the portrait of Grace! he pardoned us because he loved us so much ! what a beautiful picture! Be encouraged and don’t let the things you’ve done separate you from him he has died for us because he wanted to draw Us near to him and his blood washes all our sin away every iniquity and every sickness he paid for it at the cross. Come near to him and give your life to Jesus Christ he is waiting for you.
P.s I pray that you all are encouraged of the story in this blog. It is actually a true story . The girl in the story that this happened to was my good friend . Aka Holly saechin
A Portrait of GRACE