Writing for God, Fighting Human Trafficking

Linda Rodante

Everlasting…love?

I remember the time I went to a Christian women’s retreat weekend. The beds were hard, the rooms old, and I knew no one except for the woman who asked me. After an unappetizing meal that first night, I reminded myself that I had come for my friend. She really wanted to come and had no one else to come with her. So with a mixture of pride that I was sacrificing for her and a feeling that it would be a long weekend, I fell asleep.

When I woke, my friend was out of bed and gone. I had slept late. So much for sacrificing for her. She couldn’t even wait for me to get up. I grumbled all the way down the path to the first meeting.

Inside, I could not find my friend and so I stood near the back until I saw a good place to sit. The meeting room was packed. As the praise and worship began, the Spirit of God moved across the room, massaging the pride and hardness in my heart, revealing how unhappy I was, and how much I needed Him.

His Word, memorized or just read, tumbled into my mind, swept into my heart; and I began to admit to the loneliness in my life and began to cry out for his help.

A woman stood up in the midst of the meeting and began to give forth a “word from the Lord.” She quoted Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” and also Phillippians 2:6-7, “{Christ}, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”

Two things sunk deep into my being—the first was that God really loved me. The God of creation, the creator of the universe, loved me. The awesomeness of that bowed my head and my heart. The second part awed me even more. Jesus had “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant.” He came to serve us all—to seek and to save those that are lost. And I was lost even knowing him as Savior—for I had never known him as lover and Lord.

You see, Jesus is the best lover we could have. Not in an ungodly sense, but in the purest sense. He wants what is best for us, he reaches out even when it cost him his life, even when we reject him and go running after the things the world offers.

Satan has every kind of substitute for God, a million substitutes, but there is only one God, one true sacrificial lamb, one who would serve us to win us to himself, one who loves us with an everlasting love.

God had my friend invite me to this meeting, not for her, but for me. I was the needy person, and he loved me enough to tell me.

In the Bible study, Unmending the Veil, Lisa Heaton writes, “We have accepted the world’s view that ultimate love is human love. Not so! Ultimate, completing, fulfilling, and unconditional love can only be found in Jesus.” Jesus has a place for you in his heart. It is a special place that he keeps just for you. Spend the time—in the Word, in quiet times, in times set aside just for him—to find that out. To let him speak to you about his love. It is real, and it will change your life.

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Linda K. Rodante is the author of The Dangerous Series: Amber Alert, As Long As You Both Shall Live, Splashdown and Looking for Justice are Christian romantic suspense books on sale at Amazon.
Author website and blog: lindarodante.com

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