God always was a friend to me, right from the very start.
sharing all of my ups and downs, those upsets of my heart.
Whenever I felt need to talk, He listened with concern.
Not once did God expect or ask for something in return.
He treated me with tenderness, was kind beyond compare.
when I had turned and walked away, God waited for me there.
Whenever I would stay away, not giving Him much thought,
God waited for me patiently, knowing He would be sought.
One day when I went back to Him, God opened His arms wide.
Ready to hold and comfort me, He put my past aside.
Always God’s love for me holds fast with faith so strong and true.
He never would give up on me, God showed what LOVE could do!
STORY ABOUT THE POEM
When I was a child I won awards for perfect attendance in Sunday School. As an adult I was a Sunday School teacher, yet it took me years to really know in my heart who JESUS was. My mother would always tell me, "If you believe in JESUS you will be saved."
I believed that GOD was real, although I couldn’t understand the greatness of His love. Then one day I finally realized that it was up to GOD to send JESUS to earth, as a baby who had a specific purpose of being born so he could die for me and forgive my sins. (JESUS will do this for each and everyone of us.)
I learned these things many years later when I was a mother with children. I had joined another church and finally realized the significance of GOD’s love and JESUS’ salvation. This church always taught the verse John 3:16: "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."
Even after I accepted JESUS as my SAVIOR I was still under the impression that everything I needed to do to be a "good" Christian was my responsibility. My way of thinking was that GOD had done HIS part by loving me and sending JESUS to save me. JESUS did HIS part by dying for me. Now the rest would be up to me. Therein was the problem.
I had no clue, at that time, how much JESUS wanted to be with me. Then He could talk with me, walk with me, and be my constant friend. My problem was ignorance not knowing what to do and it continued to grow worse. Through years of trial and error I finally realized that living a Christian life was much too difficult to achieve on my own. Still not knowing what to do or how to do it I’d turn away from GOD and again I would do what I wanted to do.
What a mess I was in as I lived duel lifestyles, going back and forth between Christian living and doing my own thing. I wasn’t happy in either world. Since I kept failing big time, in my quest to be a good Christian, despondency would send me back to the world and its ways. Then guilt, would tear me apart and send me back, once more, to work on being a good Christian. You could say I was between a rock and a hard place.
AFTER YEARS OF STRUGGLING I FINALLY LEARNED THIS THINGS:
GOD’s love is everlasting. HIS love never changes. GOD continues to love us regardless of what we’ve said or done. HIS mercy endures forever. By GOD’s grace HE carries us through. Even times when we turn our back on GOD to walk away, still HE remained faithful and true to us. GOD will not or can not lie. HE is the ONE who continues to draw us back again. GOD shows HIS love, compassion, and forgiveness. GOD will never stop loving us or will HE keep us away from HIM. For this I am eternally grateful.
WORDS OF COMFORT: Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God for God is love. 1 John 4: 7-8b (KJV)
IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE... Never give up. GOD is here to help you and HE will always carry you through.
This is a true story, when I was in my 20's or 30's,
but for the last 49 or 59 years I've been with God.
Written: 8-6-2016 - Word Count: 765
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