The Hug

While traveling we learned that a famous author was in our tour group. We had the privilege of meeting him and later having dinner with James and his wife. They were delightful.

When we returned home I received an email from James.  It more than friendly, it was flirtatious.  I was puzzled but decided to use the situation for the Lord.  I told him I was glad to know such a well-known author.  I asked if I might get his opinion on my blog. Perhaps he could give me some writing tips!  I knew if he read my blog he would read about Jesus’ love and His power to transform lives.

He responded with compliments on my blog and said my stories were “compelling.” His next comment stunned me:  “I cannot forget the lovely hug we had on that last night! You wore a blue blouse, so I was pressed against it and for a few moments the hug remained with me.  Now whenever I see  a blue blouse, I remember our hug with delight!”

I decided not to write back and instead shared the email with my husband.  His comment surprised me,  “You should write him back.  He needs to be evangelized.”

So I did.  I briefly shared my story of how Christ came into my life at the age of 27 and changed me from inside out.  Then… “What about you, James?  Do you have a faith background?  Do you believe in a heaven or hell?  If so, how do you believe one can get to heaven?  Many believe we go to heaven by being good.  Yet the Bible tells us nobody is good enough. We all need a Savior and there’s only one.”  I gave him some helpful websites including www.godlife.com .

He responded, “Just answer this question.  Why did you hug me that last night?”

I wrote, “I don’t believe I hugged you;  it must have been someone else. I’m sorry. You may be disappointed, but I don’t believe your letter to me was  a mistake.  You see, there is a God. He loves you and desires that you know Him. He wants to satisfy you and fill you with His peace and joy.  I do sense your lack of interest.  Nevertheless, I’m feeling God nudging me to pursue you for Him…”

He wrote back mentioning the hypocrisy he sees in religion and wants no part of it.

I responded, “Hey James, there are phonies everywhere.  But if you simply look at the life of Jesus, there was nothing phony about Him.  If you continue to look for excuses, you will miss out on the most important relationship of all.  NOTHING else will satisfy!  Oh, you might find a woman to hug, but the joy and fulfillment will not be lasting.  Come to Jesus and REALLY  live.”

I decided against signing it, “Hugs, Kathleen.”

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

 

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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12 Responses to The Hug

  1. Gina says:

    This story is a real doozy!

    Wow! I love how you handled it all.

  2. Roy says:

    Thank you. We are commanded to share, but it is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility to move on those who are open.

  3. Liana says:

    May the Lord place the desire to seek Jesus in his heart and open his eyes to the glories of the heavenly gospel. Praying you have planted that seed.

  4. JoAnne says:

    Kathleen, looks like you met a lecherous man! Wonder what kind of books he writes? Great advice from your dear husband. You handled it beautifully!

    Hugs:)
    JoAnne

  5. dixie says:

    This made me laugh, Kathleen. This guy didn’t have a clue of what he was heading into when he chose you to flirt with. Love how your husband told you to evangelize him. I also love how God is relentless in His pursuit of us……..great story!!!

  6. Of course, you know that was no coincidence. God reaches out to the lost in the most unusual of ways, for His ways are not our ways nor His thoughts our thoughts (Is. 55:8). And what an awesome privilege to be a vessel through which God works His mysterious ways! I totally agree with everyone here. You handled that perfectly and in the way God knew you would. That is why He chose you. May your obedience cause James to come to Christ and experience HIS the life-changing hug. Thank you, Kathleen. Keep shining for Jesus!

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