This is part 2.
If you missed part 1, you read it here> Personal Testimony of Journey to Meet and Live, for Jesus Christ (part 1)
One evening in my sister, Yasmin’s house in Calcutta, November of 1992, sitting in her corner room, I picked up a Bible. I read the gospels. I was suddenly struck by the love Jesus had for people, the forgiveness…. I always thought I was a relatively good person who could never harm anyone but that night as I read the Bible I suddenly saw for the first time in my life that I was a wretched sinner, and I had hurt the Lord by turning away. I wept tears of repentance.
I had the most amazing experience I ever had in my entire life. I felt a power like supernatural love wrap me up like a blanket. I was in the midst of this very powerful force, LOVE… It was not human love. I was immersed in this cloud of love for two weeks.
Afterwards I was filled with love for people which I knew did not come from me. I felt I was walking in Heaven. I could forgive people who had harmed me, and that was not natural forgiveness. I knew it was not me. I could love people with a love that came from BEYOND me! I was allowed to experience this wonderful presence of Love, which I believe was Presence of God with a pure love for people, and such joy that I felt I was in Heaven. I call it the cloud because I was wrapped in it, like I was living in another world altogether.
This presence of Love left me after two weeks when I started worrying again about things like what should I do, where should I work…the worldly worries.
After this experience, I started to understand the Bible for the first time, as before I did not understand it. It became alive to me! I started to speak to God, praying and I really felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life.
God has truly changed my life in the reality of His presence. Where there was darkness, now there was light. At that point of death that I had been to before, I knew that time if I had died, I would go to an eternity with out God, called Hell.
Today I have assurance that if I die I will meet Jesus, and His angels will take me to Heaven. I knew things for certainty now, where before I was desperately trying to believe things that brought me into deeper darkness.
The presence of God’s love is stronger than any power on Earth, and when we meet God, we meet with that Love! It is so powerful. God is Love!
This verse became very real to me because His Love was so strong and powerful…1st John 4:8 “Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love .”
I literally lived in His love in those glorious early days! I know God wants us to live this way each single day, in His presence, in the vine!
If you missed part one, the rough road that led to this vine for Rita, click here to read: Personal Testimony of Journey to Meet and Live, for Jesus Christ (part 1)
And here is an article from Rita’s home blog, which shares Bible reflection and teaching on the power and responsibility in the company we associate with > the company that you keep, matters!