While reading a post on my friend Samantha Koivisto’s blog, BecomingEllipsisMark, my heart jumped. Sam wrote about going to church early and discovering vandalism. As she tried to scrub away the graffiti, she prayed for the vandal. Her sweet spirit showed the love of Christ as she prayed for the vandal’s repentance.
As life goes, events trigger memories. I instantly recalled vandalizing the inside of a church when I was a young teen. God has since forgiven me for it, as I’ve asked. However, I began to wonder if anyone prayed for me when they discovered my destruction. Could it be that the prayers of the servant who cleaned up my mess helped bring me to Christ? Perhaps those prayers loosened the bondage Satan had on me.
Reading about Samantha’s loving prayers for someone she not only didn’t know, but someone she rightfully could have been angry with, made me appreciate anyone who prayed for me throughout my rebellion. I can only say, “Bless them, Lord. Bless the godly saints who no doubt sighed heavily, perhaps rolled their eyes, and hoped and prayed for my repentance and renewal.”
Those secret acts of obedience and love move people forward in their journey toward the cross of Christ. That is an act of loving at full strength!
February: Love @ full strength in Christ
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