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Jesus' radical love

I want to share some quotations that were in my original draft of In the Cleft. I found them heart-warming and good for the soul.

Bob Johnson, who established a company, called Footwashers Inc. talks of being Jesus to a hurting world.

One day he searched for the most desperate looking person in a line of homeless people and asked them if he could wash their feet. He knew God had given him the idea, but the man emphatically said, “NO!!” Knowing how much fresh socks were treasured, Bob asked, “Do you need fresh socks?” The man stopped, turned around and answered quietly, “Yes.” Bob said, “If you let me wash your feet, I will give you TWO pairs of socks.” He thought for a moment and then said timidly, “OKAY.” I walked with him over to the chair we had prepared and asked him to sit down. I carefully removed his shoes, not at all prepared for what I was about to see. Open sores covered both feet. An intense rash covered his calves and ankles, and the smell was somewhat overwhelming. It was as though he had not taken his shoes off in years, much less had his feet washed. My heart welled up with compassion. What had this poor man lived through? Where had those feet been? Lowering his feet into the warm water, I carefully began to wash his feet. And then, in a moment, there he was. Father had come to watch. I felt His presence everywhere. It was thick and tangible—and I no longer smelled the stench that had filled the air just moments before. Instead, a heavenly sweet aroma surrounded me. It was almost an out of body experience. As my hands rubbed Neosporin into his festering sores, Father gave me a loving word to speak over him. The result of this encounter was that the man who wanted nothing more than a pair of socks got something much better. He got Jesus. Right then and there, with new socks on his feet and the smell of heaven penetrating the cold night air, he gave his heart to God. He became a brand new man. Taken From Bob Johnson’s book Love Stains

Katie Davis, a young teen that gave up everything to adopt orphans in Uganda says that people who make a difference “hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.” She talks about running from the things that destroy the soul: complacency, comfort, and ignorance . . . how she is more “terrified of living a comfortable life in a self-serving society and failing to follow Jesus than [she is of] illness and tragedy.” Taken from Kisses For Katie

Have a restful Sunday.



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