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Topic: Feel (emotions) (08/26/10)
TITLE: For God So Loved
By Frankie Conar
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I’ve always been a soft-hearted person, I’ve even been known to cry while watching cartoons. Don’t laugh, I bet your lip quivered too when Bambies mother died. How about the movie, "Old Yeller", didn’t your eyes get just a little watery?
When I watch a movie or read a book, I put myself in the story. Whatever trial the characters are facing, I’m right there going through their problems with them. I keep a box of tissues handy, especially if I know the subject matter ahead of time. I prefer to read that type of book or watch those kind of movies when I‘m alone, so I wont feel so self-conscious when I cry.
One night God spoke to me as I sat watching “Code Adam”, a movie based on the story of the abduction and murder of little Adam Walsh. After hearing the audio tape of the six year old boy being tortured, I became very upset.
“How could you let anyone who would hurt a little child even be born,” I cried? I tried to recall something in the bible about millstones around the neck and hurting a child, but the verse was about causing them to stumble into sin. Then in my righteous indignation, I reasoned that there should be a hotter place in hell for such a person.
The next idea that popped into my head was, “Oh no, if that person repented and became a Christian, they might end up in heaven with me!” I didn‘t like that idea at all, surly God would not allow such a person into heaven, they deserved to burn in hell! I begin to tell God that he should never forgive such a vile, wicked person. Anyone who would torture and murder a child just couldn’t go to heaven!
Then I heard God say, “But, I forgave you.” That stopped me dead in my tracts! It was then I fully realized what had really happened that day on Calvary, it was my sin that nailed God’s child to the cross. It was because of my sin that his only son was beaten, tortured and murdered. I was just as guilty as the murderer of Adam Walsh. Jesus suffered and died because of me and for me. Through the innocent blood of Jesus Christ I have been forgiven.
My eyes were opened that night, as I got a glimpse of the great love God has for us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 King James Version.
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