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Old 07-22-08, 01:30 AM
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Ann Ann is offline
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Hello ete77 welcome to ilj
I know Jesus loves me because His word says so (John 3:16 among other places) and I have learned that His word is a lot surer than my feelings and experiences. Those can be effected by everything from hormones, to weather, to mean people to what I just ate or didn't eat.

I also know Jesus loves me because I am not dead and in hell. I knew His love as a child but just the opposite of you I ran away from Him in college and got involved with things and people that were anything but godly. During that time I tried to kill myself more than a few times -real efforts too that "ought" to have succeeded as well as few not too serious ones, put myself in stuations where other people tried to kill me, ran a car off the road by falling asleep while driving, was in a head on and got one small scratch in my finger. More than once was told there was "no good reason" I was still alive including by doctors. The good reason of course was that Jesus cared and didn't allow me to die in rebellion against Him and go to hell.

I know Jesus loves me because when I couldn't even love myself any more He reached out to me through the drawing of the Holy Spirit, through people who cared that He brought me into contact with when normally our paths would not have crossed, and through His word. I started reading it again to get ammunition to prove to the ppl that they were wrong about Jesus' love. Funny isn't it how He will use even our stubborness?

I know Jesus loves me because each day for the past 40 yrs He has walked with me, taken care of me, comforted me when my heart was breaking, when my body was battered with illness or injury. Things have not always been easy; some have been very hard but when my heart reaches out to Him He's there and when my heart is too hurt or stubborn or stupid He reaches out to me. I have seen miracles in answer to prayer, felt like I was going to sleep with my head in the safety of His shoulder, experienced God speaking to me and through me to help someone else, felt the loneliness of avoiding Him and the joy of His reminding me that I am His.
1Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ... Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Matthew 25:40 & 45
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