For those of you who have been reading my devotionals for any length of time, you know that I had emotional problems for many years and was confined to mental hospitals. What most of you don’t know is that for over thirty years I was in and out of mental hospitals because I had no desire to live. I was in the hospital more than I was out during those years. In all of those years, I had three visitors. I would see families and friends coming to visit the other patients but nobody came to visit me. That just reinforced my feelings that I was no good, that nobody cared if I lived or died, and that the only answer was to take my life.
Thank God that on the day when I had decided that I would no longer fight the feelings of suicide; that I would just kill myself as soon as I got out of the hospital, Jesus reached down His compassionate hand of love, grace, mercy, tenderness and understanding and literally picked me up from underneath a bed in the mental hospital.
He sat me on His lap of unconditional love, put His arms around me and held me close to His heart and He has never let me go, not even for one minute. He whispered softly and tenderly in my ear “I Love you and will never leave you or hurt you”. That was the first time in my life anybody had ever said “I love you”. Is it any wonder that I love Jesus so much! I have said this countless times and will say it as long as I have breath. There is no friend like Jesus! No one loves us like Jesus Loves us! He is a friend beyond compare.
All hail, King Jesus! Worthy is the Lamb of God! He is the beautiful Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the valley and He Loves me. It doesn’t matter how many heartaches and difficult situations I face; the one thing I know without any doubts is “Jesus Loves me”. How can I do less than give Him my heart, all of my time and my life when He cared enough to not only die for me on a cruel cross of agony and torture but to also come and visit me in the hospital?
O dear people, if you know someone who is hurting emotionally, put your arms around them and hug them for Jesus. You may not be able to do it in person, but you can do it with words. I think that we focus so much on physical problems that we forget that people who are hurting inside also need to be healed. Jesus is the only one who can take a broken heart and a shattered life and put the pieces back together.
However, He hasn’t been here for over two thousand years. He has left us to hug for Him and to tell others how much He Loves them. Have you hugged someone for Jesus today? Have you told someone how much He Loves them? If your heart is breaking and you are in the middle of a situation that seems overwhelming, give it to Jesus. He Loves you so much that He died for you. You can depend on Him. He will never leave you or hurt you. Yes, nobody came to visit me in the hospital but the great Physician came and not only visited me; He took me with Him for all eternity.
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