Despite our sin, we are loved unconditionally by God. What a glorious mystery, almost impossible to fathom! For Nosipho Mthimkhulu, our recent Gospel Crusade in Mariannhill, KwaZulu-Natal, created the perfect opportunity for God to reveal this precious truth to her.
Having suffered from arthritis for the past three years, Nosipho was in desperate need of healing. Beyond her physical frustrations however, was a spiritual emptiness, a deep-seated hunger, a petulant gnawing within. Living a sinful life was starting to weigh her down. She knew she needed to make right with God. When Nosipho heard about the upcoming crusade, her heart leapt with a sweet expectancy. This was her moment, this was her opportunity to find forgiveness in the arms of her Maker!
Coming to the realisation that she was loved by Jesus, was a precious moment for this beautiful young women. â€œI was touched by the sermon when the evangelist said that Jesus loves me,â€ she testified. â€œAfter accepting Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, I felt so much joy.â€ Confident of her forgiveness, the arthritic pains disappeared together with the weight of sin. â€œI feel so free, so clean!â€ she exclaimed, her voice bubbling with happiness. When asked what she wanted to do with her life now that she was saved, she simply responded, â€œI am willing to change the life that I lived and serve Jesus for the rest of my days.â€ Great decision, Nosipho. Go for it!
â€œAs the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in my love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.â€ â€“ John 15 v 9, 11
Throughout John chapter 15, our Lord emphasises the extreme importance for believers to abide in His love. Why is this? Simply put, all good things flow from a revelation of His love for us. In the above two verses, a direct link is made between abiding in His love and experiencing authentic joy. For those who have a true revelation of His love for them, joy is an automatic by-product. Are you lacking in joy? Seek not joy, but rather to know His love. It is in the depths of this knowledge that true joy abides. When the fruit of the Spirit is listed in Galatians 5 v 22, love is placed first and foremost, before joy, peace and the like. Love precedes joy, the existence of the latter being dependent on the presence of the former. Dear believer, allow His love to overwhelm you. Joy will follow, like a rising tide!
Yours in Him,
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: WWW.INHISNAME.ORG.ZA