It was a cool evening. Many families in my small town gathered around to eat their supper. They gathered around either bowls of fufu and soup or banku and okro stew or plantain and garden egg stew.
In my home, it was not different. We enjoyed fufu and groundnut soup. It was really refreshing to enjoy the cool breeze of the evening and fill our stomachs with the delicious meal. After enjoying our meal, we gathered around to pray and headed for Kay’s house.
We sent Ernest ahead of us to get him to sit outside so that we can talk to him. Fortunately, when we got there, Kay was sitting outside with Ernest. A look at him showed that he was deeply worried. He also looked lean, sad and dejected.
We greeted them and sat on a bench that faced them. We decided to get Kay’s attention by getting him to know that we care about him. So we took along a basket of fruits and gave it to him.
“Kay, this is from all of us, we want you to know that we care about you,” I said and handed over the basket of fruit to Kay. Ernest took it and sent it inside.
Since he didn’t want to hear about God, we decided not to talk about God for that moment. We wanted him to know that he was valuable to us with or without his association with God.
After all, the core of our evangelism is our love and care for the people we minister to. Our love and care for them compels us to share the good news with them. The attitude for evangelism isn’t, “Receive my gospel and serve my God by all means.” Rather, it is, “The God I’m talking about dwells in me, and loves you dearly through me, so I want to tell you about him so that you can receive him into your heart as well.”
We kept on like that with Kay the whole week. Every evening, we would visit him, ask about how he was doing and give him our gifts. The following week, he had become comfortable with us so we could talk a little about his matter.
“Kay, we learnt about what happened to you and we want you to know that we are very sorry about that. Most importantly, we want you to know that God does not condemn you,” I began.
“Yes Kay, people who sin will condemn you but our heavenly father does not condemn you. Do you remember the story of the woman caught in adultery?
The sin the woman committed demanded that she be stoned to death. So when the Pharisees sent her to Jesus, they wanted to hear what he had to say concerning the issue so that they could accuse him if he said something contrary to the law. However, Jesus gave the perfect verdict. He simply told them that the one who is without sin should cast the first stone. Hmm! All the Pharisees left upon hearing that.
You see, what that means is that all of them had sinned. No sinner has the right to condemn another sinner. That you have not been caught doesn’t give you the right to condemn the one whose sin had come to light.
Jesus who had no sin and therefore was qualified to condemn her didn’t condemn her. By not condemning her, he set her free from the guilt of her sin. When he told her, “Go and sin no more,” he was in essence saying you are free from this, so you don’t have to do it anymore.” Pastor Emmanuel added.
“I’m not proud of what I did but the demotion was too much for me. I was expecting some mercy at least,” Kay said as tears welled up in his eyes.
“People may not merciful but God is. If he didn’t condemn the woman caught in adultery, then he doesn’t condemn you. Kay, God loves you more than you can imagine,” Anita added.
“Yes, God does not love us because we are good, he loves us because he is good. Don’t let the demotion discourage you and make you feel like God has abandoned you. He said he will never leave you nor forsake you,” Bertha said.
“Thank you all so much. It feels good to know that not everyone is pointing accusing fingers at me,” Kay said and wiped the tears from his eyes.
That evening, we spent the rest of the time assuring Kay of God’s love and praying with him for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. We left his house around 7pm….
To be continued….
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