“Jesus loves you!” she said to the young mother with the sick child.
“Jesus loves you!” she told the troubled wife.
“Jesus loves you!” she called to the woman in the church lobby.
“Jesus loves you!” heard the young new pastor from the woman with the happy smile.
We’ve heard these three words countless times. But do we think to encourage others with them? My friend Carole seems to have these words on the tip of her tongue, no matter where she is. In all seriousness, she means it every time, and it shows. Too many people have never been told that God loves them. Many people don’t believe God could love them. They need to be told. They need to be reminded. Yes, even other Christians.
Years ago I was the woman mentioned in the above illustrations. How did Carole know I needed to hear those words when she spoke them? Her timing—no, rather God’s timing—was perfect.
Carole’s simple ministry, and it is a ministry, has encouraged me so much that I find myself wanting to encourage others in the same way.
One time I encountered a lonely young woman in a public restroom. She was crying and feeling sad because she was far from her homeland of Ireland. She had also been drinking but seemed lucid. “…I’m so sorry to act like this.”
“Really, it’s all right,” I assured her. “I’ve been homesick myself.”
“I had a couple of drinks but instead of feeling happy, I feel miserable and alone.”
With my family waiting outside, I didn’t have much time. “Lord, guide me,” I silently prayed. I asked her, “Do you know Jesus?”
“Yes,” she replied.
Suddenly I thought of Carole. “Then you do know that Jesus loves you.”
“Yes,” she said slowly. “He does. I know He does.”
“Well then, even though you FEEL alone, you are NOT alone—ever. He’s always with you and He’ll always love you. Would you mind if I prayed for you now?”
“I’d like that.”
It was a short prayer, but she was comforted. I gave her a hug and then I noticed a change in her countenance. She was smiling.
As followers of Jesus, we know God loves us; but we also need to be reminded from time to time. Sometimes we need another Christian to simply tell us… “Jesus loves you. He really loves you.” Isn’t that what it’s all about, anyway?
- I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
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