Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Story Of Redemption

Joyce was sexually abused by her father all of her growing up years.  She said she had no childhood. She grew up, accepted Jesus as her Savior, got married, and had four children.  The Lord has completely transformed her life.  She forgave her dad even when he didn't ask to be forgiven.
He became sick later in his life and Joyce and her husband, Dave, had to buy a home close to them for her parents to live in.  They bought them a nice, little home.  They moved her parents into the home and furnished it for them.  She shopped and brought groceries for them every week.  She took her father to the doctor numerous times.
After three years of living near them, her mother called Joyce and told her that her father had been crying for the past three weeks.  Could she come over and talk with him?  She went over with her husband who had always treated her father with love and kindness even after knowing what he had done to his wife.
She went to her father and her father told her that what he had done to her was wrong.  He asked her to forgive him.  She overcame evil with good.  She heaped burning coals upon his head by feeding her enemy.  She forgave him.
She then asked him if he wanted to accept Jesus into his heart.  He wanted to and lived the rest of his life knowing and loving Jesus.
This is a story of redemption.  God restored all the years the locusts had eaten in Joyce Meyer's life.  She has a strong, solid marriage, four children who walk with Jesus, and a ministry that she loves.  All things are possible with God.  He promises to do abundantly more than we can even think or imagine.  He is so good.  So very, very good.
If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink;
for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.  
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:20,21