Hello, my name is Patricia King and it is my honor to be able to minister the Word and the heart of God to you today. The subject that I love more than anything is the topic of God’s love. It is so amazing. I remember the first time I came to know God, the night that I was born again, I was at a meeting with a number of believers from the Anglican church up in Canada. They’d invited me to come and I was trembling on my way up there. I didn’t know what to expect, but when I went in there, I heard them share testimonies of how God loved them so much that He forgave all of their sins and He gave them this brand new life.
I remember thinking as I was listening to their testimonies, I thought, I wonder if God could love the likes of me. I know that He forgave them of their sins, but my sins are maybe worse. Maybe He has a limit. These thoughts were going through my mind. But when I went home that night, I got down on my hands and knees. I remember saying to God, “God, I’ve got nothing to give You except my mess. I’m nothing but a mess. You’re so perfect. You’re God. How can I approach You with being such a mess? But those people up the street tonight, they said that You came into their life and forgave them of all their sin and gave them this brand new beginning, this brand new life on the inside. I know I’m not worthy of that, but if You would do that for me, I would so appreciate it.”
I’m going to be honest with you. I didn’t know if He would or not, because I just felt so dark inside. I just felt so defiled, so dirty, so evil inside. I didn’t know if there would be any hope for me to be free. But when I just asked that simple request, “If You would come in, I’d like to have You come in. If You want to give me a new life, I’d love to have it as You did for them.” And He didn’t hesitate. I actually felt like He came in with this warm, liquid love. There’s no other way to describe it. It was like in a moment, all my guilt and all my shame, and everything was just lifted off of me. I felt the purity of who He created me to be. I felt how much He adored me. It was just so beautiful and it was life-transforming.
And that night I fell in love. I fell in love with God. He was so, so beautiful. So kind, so good. I knew I didn’t deserve it, and when you’re touched by that kind of love you just want to respond and love back. I didn’t even think of why I was loving back. I just knew that I’d been loved and now I could be love to others. The very next morning after I got up off the floor, my eyes were so red from crying all night, not tears of sorrow, but tears of so much joy, so much elation. I saw my neighbor’s house lit up. So I went over and knocked on the door and I said, “Jesus came into my heart last night. He forgave me of all my sins. He can forgive the likes of you, too.”
That was the beginning of sharing His wonderful love with everyone I could find in that next season. I would go for walks. I would go for drives. I would look up people’s names in the phone book and call them. I would do whatever I could to tell people how much Jesus loved them and how that love can transform your life. And that is the key. That is what God wants for you. He wants you to be loved. He wants you to know His love because that love will transform you into His image.
I have a Scripture I want to read to you. It’s out of 1 John 3, and it says, “Behold, what manner of love the Father has given unto us that we should be called the children of God and such we are.” Wow! God loved us so much that 2000 years ago, He sent His own Son as us. He became a human being, entered into the human race in a fallen world. Yet He was without sin. He did everything for us so that we could have right standing with God and so that we could be with Him for all eternity.
Why would He do that? Only love. That was His motive. His love caused Him to endure. His love caused Him to suffer the testings of love. His love for us, His love for you brought Him to the cross and He hung on that cross with all of your sins on Him and all of mine. Behold, what manner of love is this? And not only did He forgive you your sin and not only did He become your sin, but then when He gave up His Spirit, He went and paid the penalty for your sin. You will never know separation from God because Jesus paid the price for you. Why? Because He’s a loving God.
When you get to know this beautiful love of God, your life will be transformed. Everything you do will be motivated by love. I’d like to pray for you right now that you’d have a revelation of this awesome, amazing love. Father in the name of Jesus, I pray for all my friends who are watching GOD TV. I ask, Lord, that You would fill them with a revelation of the love – behold, what manner of love is this? What is this love that has been bestowed upon them? Give them the revelation of that love – that they would know that they are the son of God, they are the daughter of God, His very own. Why? Because He’s crazy in love with them. You are crazy in love with each and every one of them. And there’s nothing You wouldn’t do for them. And so Lord, let that love penetrate their heart. Let that love be enlarged within them. Let that love motivate them and lead them from day to day as they live on this earth to proclaim You. God bless.