Lessons Learned and Re-learned

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, not principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38

 

“Love Never Fails”

1st Corinthians 13:8

 

“Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers ALL transgressions.”

Proverbs 10:12

 

The verses above are some of the most cliche and overused verses in the bible. I think with good reason though. They matter. They are truth worth clinging too. We must walk in these truths to remember there is hope in the midst of destruction. That there is a reason to sew into impossible situations.

 

 

Everyday in Pattaya I walked down one of the worst streets in the city to do ministry. I saw girls out and ready to find customers at eleven in the morning. I saw men, looking for a good time, intimacy, or an easy relationship. I watched as girls who couldn’t be older than 13 try to win the attention of men quadruple their age. I saw the enemy in the eyes of captive people. I saw destruction, devastation and and to an unbeliever a hopeless situation.

 

I would walk down these streets, and on the beach and would pray for these people. I would ask God to intervene, to act, to rescue. The Holy Spirit would whisper to me, My Love OVERCOMES! God literally would whisper this to me 50 times a day.

 

I would have conversations with people who were held captive by their sin, who saw no other options, who had no hope. People who had made horrible choices, who had horrible things done to them. The Spirit would then whisper My Love is DEEPER.

 

I fell in love with people I would only see once on this earth. Some of them I would get to see  a few times. I spent two weeks in Pattaya and was filled with sadness when it came time to leave. I was in Bangkok for ten days and I silently wept as I drove to the airport because I deeply love our ministry contacts. I have loved deeper in the last month than I have most of my life.

 

For a long time now I have known God’s love is deep and wide, and unconditional and the key to restoring a broken world, and the thing that compels people to come into relationship with Him.

God has spent the last month simply revealing to me a new level of the depth of His love. I used to think the verse from Romans was true, but cheesy. Now it is life giving to my spirit and the truth I cling to when I look at a hopeless situation and I know that nothing can fix the brokenness I see. Today I know that God’s love is deeper, and that it overcomes all things. I know I change nothing but He changes everything. I know that I am very capable and I can make things happen. I know God is the only one that makes good happen. I know that the condition of the human heart is hopeless, but God does impossible things. (Matt. 19:16) These are all truths, I have learned before, and will learn again. I am thankful for the revelation of these truths and the hope that comes with them.

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