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THE GREATEST PROMISE

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.”

Hebrews 13: 5, 6 Isaiah 41: 10, 11 King James Version

The greatest promise we have comes from the heart of Jesus when He said “I will never leave you or forsake you”. This is the promise and assurance that has been the glue of my heart to hold it together and keep it from shattering into pieces countless times. If it were not for this wonderful assurance and promise, I would never have been able to make it through all those long and seemingly endless years of horror, sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Even today, this loving promise from the heart of my precious Saviour is a source of constant comfort and encouragement to me. When satan and the world hurl their poisonous darts of criticism, sarcasm and ridicule at me, He is there to gently remove them from my heart. He is faithful to heal my heart but if people could see inside my heart, and see inside your heart when people hurt you, they would see the scars. It is extremely important and necessary to ask Jesus daily to help us so that we don’t say anything critical, judgmental and sarcastic that would put a poisonous dart in someone’s heart.

I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart to be my personal Saviour on August 14, 1980. So, I knew that I was saved during all those years when I was experiencing that crippling depression and those frightening suicidal thoughts which I had every day but I sure didn’t know that He loved me. Nobody had ever told me that Jesus loved me. I knew that He loved the world, but I didn’t consider myself to be part of the world and I didn’t know that He loved me personally.

I didn’t know that He had endured the horror and shame of the cross for me. I didn’t know that He had allowed them to spit on Him, hit Him, mock Him and crucify Him just for me. He told me “Joanne, if you were the only person in the world, I still would have died for you because I love you unconditionally. There is nothing you can do that would take my love from you. You are mine and I am yours for all eternity”. Is it any wonder that I love my dearest and best friend Jesus so much? He is the joy and comfort of my wounded heart and He is the reason, the only reason, that I get out of bed every morning. Without Him, life is meaningless.

If we don’t tell people every day how much Jesus loves them then we have been selfish, and have only cared about ourselves. We have forgotten that we are to spread the good news of a risen and loving Saviour to those who are lost in their sins, lonely, and heartbroken on a daily basis and not just when it is convenient for us or fits into our daily schedules. More tragic than that, we have hurt the heart of our precious and loving Saviour who loves us so much that He died for us.

On a day when I was determined to take my life and commit suicide, Jesus made this promise of constant companionship to me personally. He had already told me that He loved me and had forgiven me of all my sins and that my sins were under His precious atoning blood, never to be remembered and held against me again. He had assured me that I had a home in heaven with Him for all eternity. However on that frightening, lonely and horrible day He told me “I will never leave you, Joanne. I will be with you through the sad times in your life as well as through the happy times in your life”.

Even when I lay under the bed in the mental hospital for several weeks in all my feces and urine, He was there with me but I didn’t realize it. I was terrified of everybody and certainly didn’t trust anyone so I refused to come out from under that bed where I had crawled trying to escape from people who were constantly putting me down, telling me that I was no good and that I didn’t have a right to live. You may think it is horrible and disgusting that I lay in all that filth, but if you have never asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins, or if you are harboring criticism, sarcasm, unforgiveness, judgment and hatred in your heart, you also are laying in the feces and urine of your heart.

Thank God that Jesus loves us so much that He promises us that He will never leave us or forsake us. How much do you love Jesus? Do you put Him on a shelf and only take Him down when you need or want something? Have you told Jesus “I give my heart and life to you”? If you haven’t, you have not only ignored the greatest promise of companionship ever given to us, you have rejected the greatest gift ever given to us by our Heavenly Father, the gift of His precious Son, Jesus.

Joanne Lowe
June 10, 2007

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