Wednesday, December 7, 2016
We have a God who loves us regardless of our behavior. We can't earn it, work for it, or deserve it, love just is, as He is. I did not know that anyone could have a relationship with Jesus as a child. My parents didn't know, and I'm not sure anyone else around us knew about Him either.
I was in High School when my best friend Debbie found out about Jesus. She was very sure that He was who He said He was. I was not so sure at first. Where was He all this time, and why didn't I know about Him from my church? My mother was Presbyterian, and so I went with her occasionally. It's funny, when I felt challenged by this new found faith of my friend, I got involved in my church, helping with Sunday School. It was almost as if I wanted to give them a chance to show me this Jesus.
I didn't find Him there. I was slowly coming to see Him in my friends, and I totally yielded my life to Him when I was 18. I was baptized in Conscience Bay, here in Setauket, my my new Pastor. Only my two friends from High School attended, but I remember it, as if it were last week. I felt brand new on the inside. I made a statement that day, by my obedience to God's word to go into the waters of baptism, and be washed. It was only symbolic on the outside, but It was real on the inside.
I haven't thought about it in years, so why today? I suppose our topic of love reminded me. Love so patient, constant, and close. Love that melts away bitterness, harshness, or worry. He melts my heart of all that I give to Him. He is constantly saving me from myself. What a wonderful Savior!