The night was Holy Thursday. The Holy Thursday Mass was crowded, and everyone was nestled in until the last song. Everyone, except one young woman who left quickly right after communion.
During the Mass, I saw this woman and felt strongly in my heart that God wanted me to go give her a message. I ignored that prompting. The voice came again.
At long last, I told God, “Listen, nobody leaves after communion on Holy Thursday. So, if this happens to leave after communion, I will run after her and give her this message. As predicted, nobody left after receiving the Eucharist. No one except this one lady.
As promised, I left my pew to go after her. Outside, descending the large set of stairs rapidly, I awkwardly called after her as she was already on the sidewalk and walking down the street.
She turned around uncomfortably. I told her gently and with a smile:
In church, I felt God gave me a message, and this message was from Him to you. So, let me ask you a question: “Do you know God’s love for you?”
She thought about it silently for a second.
I quickly jumped in; “You may say yes, of course. Everyone does. We are programmed to believe that God loves us but in a superficial way. So, think of it this way; when you think of God looking down on you and looking into your soul, do you think He loves someone like you?”
Pondering the question, she responded, “Well, I’m not sure. … I think so. … I hope so.”
This poor girl was not even sure that the God of everlasting love actually loved her. She represents many people who “hope so” but are not sure.
Then, I delivered the message I was supposed to deliver. In the church, I felt God told me, “That woman does not know my love for her. Go tell her.”
Thinking this was from God but holding a healthy skepticism, I tested it first by asking her. When she confirmed that she did not know God’s love, I spent some time telling her the truth of God’s infinite love for her, of His immense desire to have a relationship with her, and more.
Most people have heard that “God loves them” since childhood, but it is not real to them, not personal, not experiential. Many grow up accepting the false notion that God is angry, mean, vengeful, judgmental, and emotionally distant. Many misunderstand the parts of the Old Testament that are “vengeful” when in fact, the Old Testament is a beautiful story of God’s unconditional love and mercy.
If we believe that God is an old, angry man in the sky, of course we will not run to have a relationship with Him, except to keep ourselves from going to hell. Many of us know intellectually that God loves us, but when we think about it deeper, we don’t usually believe it in our hearts.
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, the day we celebrate the immense depths of God’s unconditional love and mercy! I recently went to an all-day Divine Mercy Conference, and one message I felt God put strongly on my heart was that, for too long, too many people have viewed Him through the eyes of guilt and fear, regret or dread.
The reason so many Christians don’t have great joy and peace is because they don’t know God’s immense love for them. Joy and peace flow from knowing God’s love and being transformed by it. When we know and experience the power of God’s love, it transformus and sets a fire in our hearts.
At the conference, I had a vivid image strongly impressed in my mind. The image was that of a steel birdcage with countless people locked inside, including countless religious people. They were unhappy and discontent. Due to fear, these people never cried out to God but just accepted their life though dissatisfied and unhappy.
God desires these people to be released from their cages and to be set free: free from sin, doubt, guilt, fear, anxiety, worry, and stress. Free from the lies, myths, and misconceptions we have accepted about God.
I know many people who take advantage of confession but never confess one or two particular sins out of fear. God is our loving Father and wants us to know that no sin is too big for Him to forgive. It doesn’t matter if you’ve killed three people or had five abortions.
In fact, at this same Divine Mercy Conference, a priest told the story of some ladies he knew who each had over 10 abortions before seeking and finding God’s love, mercy, and healing.
So, it doesn’t matter what you have done in the past but where you wish to go in the future. God can wash your soul spotlessly clean, and when you know the power of that love and mercy, it will free you.
So, for anyone who has sin, regret, and years that have been “wasted;” for anyone tired of living in guilt, and fear, of carrying around a thousand pound weight on your heart daily; for anyone tired of life, of being brokenhearted, abused, and rejected; for anyone who feels like they are so bad they could never be forgiven, Jesus is the answer!
The Lord who rose from the dead wants to raise you from the dead, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. He alone holds the key to the cage.
His arms are open and waiting! Now is the time for mercy! Now is the time for healing and new life – a springtime of new faith! God is reaching out to you. Will you respond?
Pray to God today like never before. Pray for forgiveness, healing, and to have a deeper connection with God. Pray often to experience His love.
The Lord Jesus can give you back the wasted years, heal the pieces of your broken heart, and make straight the crooked lines and mistakes of your life. God makes all things new, and nothing puts a bigger smile on His face.
Perhaps you already know and fully believe in God’s love for you, and have even experienced His deep mercy in your life. That is great!
Unfortunately, many others don’t. Please share this with people who need to know God’s total, complete, and unconditional love.
If anyone still doubts, look at a crucifix. It’s the eternal sign of God’s love and mercy for you and for me. God bless you.