tyrone_howard — 2017-05-24T15:52:54-04:00 — #1
Far too often, topics and subject matter presented to this discussion board result in divisions between believers instead of Unity.
I want to propose a different subject matter on this post:
When did you first fall in Love with Jesus?
Please Include basic
- where, when, who,what why
- If what happened that lead to the moment is important please share
- Was when you first fell in love with Jesus the First time you
experienced his love the same incident, if not share both with the
differences between the two events.
There is no right or Wrong answer, I just love seeing and reading about moments when Humanity met Jesus Love and the impact.
gao_lu — 2017-05-24T19:06:28-04:00 — #2
I am looking forward to answers here. Thanks for the topic!
I was raised in a many-generation Christian family. My earliest memories are rich with Bible reading and prayer and happy family times. I loved Jesus and felt His love for me. I was 12 when I clearly heard God's call in my life. I didn't think of that as "love" but more shock and maybe fear and excitement. I already loved Him, but was struggling with questions.
At seventeen I made a clear change, was baptized, and committed my life to Christ, making Him Lord of my life. I felt a much deeper companionship and love at that time. Since then, my experience has been a sort of jerky upward graph, with some flat areas, a few drops and some sharp leaps upward.
Sometimes I love Him greatly for His grace. I think in recent years, much more I feel deepening love simply in companionship, for Who He is and growing familiarity with His nature and being, His creation and people, his thoughts and character and goodness.
dave_l — 2017-05-25T07:23:09-04:00 — #3
"where, when, who,what why"
I wanted nothing to do with religion but over a period of several days I experienced the fruit of the Holy Spirit. I told people I did not understand what was going on, but I believe Christ is real and that he is affecting me. But after a third day of love, peace and joy, that I never experienced before, Jesus convicted me of sin and other conditions I did not know as sin until that time. Filled with tears and remorse and self loathing I asked Jesus to forgive me for what I am, and to accept me. I knew then he must have died on the cross for my sins and forgiven me, and he baptised me in the Holy Spirit. Later I found a church to Baptize me by immersion and I experimented attending many different churches.
"If what happened that lead to the moment is important please share"
Nothing unusual happened before my conversion but my miraculous new birth. I've seen "funeral conversions" and "traumatic event conversions" based on emotion. But these don't seem to last. Scripture says most fall away in the parable of the sower.
"Was when you first fell in love with Jesus the First time you experienced his love the same incident, if not share both with the differences between the two events."
I fell in love immediately with Jesus since one of the fruits of the Spirit is Love. I could not help but love him. But I love him more today as he reveals himself to me through Scripture. And what it took to save me.
tyrone_howard — 2017-05-30T14:26:53-04:00 — #4
Why did you want to serve him?
tyrone_howard — 2017-05-30T14:27:38-04:00 — #5
If you wanted nothing to do with Religion, Did you want something to do with Christ? What made you turn to him?
dave_l — 2017-05-30T15:19:23-04:00 — #6
Thanks for asking. Jesus came to me when I was lost, not interested in religion, unable to believe in him or repent. As I said, I experienced the fruit of the Holy Spirit (mainly love, joy, peace) that I had never known. I began telling others I believed Jesus (the only name I could relate to this) is real and that he is affecting me. But the joy dissipated after some three days and that evening in my bed I began remorsing and weeping over my sins. I didn't know how sinful I was until then. I fell asleep drained, asking him to forgive me. He Baptized me in the Holy Spirit and I woke the next morning astounded over the change that came over me. I saw a whole string of conversions in people I knew because of this. There is a lot more perhaps I can share some time.
tyrone_howard — 2017-05-30T15:45:12-04:00 — #7
Thanks for Sharing. I truly Enjoy discussing This is a great opportunity if You would Like, I love "conversion" Stories.
I'll share mine a little deeper.
For me, I knew of his existence, and had accepted it due to my younger years as a lot of people do. Had I died, I would have perished in my sins though, because I had not accepted him. Nor did I want to. Through my difficult life, including but not limited to losing my mother at 15, being kicked out of Church around the same age because of some bad decisions I made while a teenager, non existent relationships with my biological family and even my inability to truly cope with being orphaned as a kid I turned to Drugs. For the next 7 years I Drugs would be my comforter, when i finally met my biological family on my deceased mothers side it seemed their happiness, sucess and quality of life was tied to them being wealthy and Greed covetous took over and Money became my God. The Next 5 Years I served Money untill after achieving everything, the neighborhood I was raised in, had set up as the Mark of being "hood Rich" following "street dreams" I felt miserable and in the hog pin. I didn't want myself, the Devil didn't want me anymore, I was a broken Human Being, I had money, but my marriage was about to be over, my friendships had turned out to be superficial, I couldn't look at myself in the mirror, something my father told me I should be able to do every day, and I just didn't want my life anymore. not in a suicidal way, I had already discovered I was too much a coward to quickly kill myself and someone was not trying to let me die (I'd been robbed at gunpoint multiple times, wrecked 9 cars on drugs and alcohol, plenty of street fights), so i had just reached a point of being tired. Didn't want myself anymore, and I felt a tug in my heart, a sweet love it was as if Love could talk and it was saying, I'll take you, do you remember me, I'm the Jesus you read about, the one you've even told others about but you wont come to me that I might give you life; I'll take you. I dropped to my knees screamed out "Jesus, Save ME!" and My life has did a 180 degree turn.
gao_lu — 2017-05-30T18:22:24-04:00 — #8
Growing is a process. At first I think "Lordship" was a function of fear: I deserved hell and knew it. He was God and I knew it. I feared that. Fear was displaced by love over time. I love Jesus. I love His people. My response to love is the desire to serve. The end of service is the salvation of souls to His glory. Service became worship.
tyrone_howard — 2017-06-28T10:03:05-04:00 — #9
I am learning this as well, when I first started I viewed scripture and Jesus in fear and almost a burdensome way. Like, OMG I have to do all this to make it to heaven.
Now I look at it, in a different light, in that Jesus wants us to begin our eternal life with him upon salvation even before we pass from this life unto the next. How Great is it that he wants to spend time with me now, and gave me instructions to allow this to be.
Instead of fear and a burden its now my joy and my love to do his will and pursue him as he pursues me.