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#1 Marvin Harrell

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 05:39 AM

The forward momentum of my day was stopped when I read this quote from one of my heroes, A. W. Tozer:

I reckon myself crucified to the world and the world crucified to me. But the multitudes that were so dear to Christ shall not be less dear to me. If I cannot prevent their moral suicide, I shall at least baptize them with my human tears.

The idea of baptizing in tears those who persist in pursuing an eternal punishment betrays a heart that belongs to Jesus. How many of us can say with any sort of honesty that this describes us?

I recall a time when I asked Jesus how he felt about those marching toward this "moral suicide." It was an innocent prayer; I really just wanted to know what Jesus felt regarding those that decided to turn their back on him.

In my heart I sensed His question, "Are you sure?" and in my naive and newly awakened faith I said "yes."

I sensed His answer, "Alright," and was immediately visited with a sense of sorrow that I can honestly say I have not experienced since. I was sitting in a chair that had belonged to my grandmother, and fell forward to the floor sobbing. The greatness of this sorrow was so very heavy and the reality of that moment so thick that in a moment I screamed out loud asking Him to lift this sadness.

He did. But my brothers and sisters I tell you it changed me. My heart breaks even now for those that do not care to know this loving savior, the one who gave His all for all of us. And I tell you my perspective on telling others about this love changed too.

Yes, salvation is for those that are lost, but it is for God himself as well. His desire is that none should perish but have eternal life. And if in some small way a word I speak can be used by His Spirit to bring one person's gaze back to His and in some way relieve His sorrow, I'm about speaking it, writing it, blogging it, tweeting it, facebooking it, and living it.

Who is with me?
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#2 Joe Botana

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:53 PM

I have not experienced it in the way you describe, but I am certain you accurately describe how our Lord feels about it. He proved it by going to the cross for them as well as for us. My prayer is that He will help us communicate that love and that urgency to those we encounter in practical ways that will be effective in turning at least some from the path of "moral suicide." Inasmuch as I can, with His help, I am with you.