The Kiss on the Cheek
The first time I came to know about you was on a cold and sad morning in my work place. One of the teenagers that I was attending to, knows that I love reading, and asked me if I would like to read the Newsletter from your church. I glanced through the newspaper and at the end there was a picture with a message… Boom! It was exactly what I needed to read on that very difficult day of my life! And at the end it mentioned your book “The V Woman”.
Since that day, I always asked the teenager to bring me that weekly newspaper from the Pastor. I began visiting your blog and read it every day. One day I went to a beautiful small branch of the UCKG located in the city where I live, to request for your book. But I was told “ Oh… Her books are very difficult to reach us here.” I didn’t take no for an answer and continued my “Christian learning process”. I wanted to be gentle, feminine, approachable and confident like the young woman who wrote what I was reading daily!
And so, I started watching your videos about marriage. My nights were of laughter, and sometimes, tears. How could I have been such a disobedient daughter, so proud, and so petty towards God? I would compare myself to all the women described by you in the Bible. And I couldn’t see myself in any of them.
And so I decided to go for a “bulletproof marriage”, with a husband that would be a man of God. And I would have to build this with the steps and tips from God through the Bible.
Last week a saleswoman from a Christian bookshop called me filled with excitement, saying: “Hey, Ale! Your Cristiane Cardoso’s books have just arrived! Can you believe it?!” I froze there and then, and this wonderful warm feeling came over my face, and as a kiss on my cheek I felt this great gift that the Heavenly Father was giving me… And I thought to myself “How You love me…These books fell into my hands at the most appropriate time.”
Of course I read your first book in 2 days! And I am already reading the second one, hehehe… I cried a lot, had some good laughs as well and said to myself: I must write a letter to this wonderful person! I learned that we should respect God’s time, and trust in Him… Who else better than our best Friend to know the right moment to take the right step, with the right person?
I am not a Christian, the only time I entered an evangelical church was to try to buy your book. But I always go to that bookshop where I bought your books, I buy nice little cards that I give as gifts to my family, and I buy everything that talks about my best friend: God. I pray for you and your blessed family, so you may continue to help people like me. We are all brothers, and respect the same Friend: God. And we have the same desire to help other people in love and faith! I love you very much! May our Friend always guide your steps, strengthen you, and give you courage and love! Alexsandra Ribeiro
This email brought tears to my eyes, not because Alexsandra talks about my book, or because of how she follows me from afar for so long, but for the simple reason that she is not a Christian and still shows the true Spirit of God in her conduct. We could feel the love and care that she has for us and for God. Oh if only all “Christians” shared this same spirit… Now you understand what the Lord Jesus meant when he said:
“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” Matthew 10.40-41
God is not bothered by the religious label we have, but with our faith and justice, that of course cannot come from ourselves, but from God. Those who accept Him in their lives, have Him – whether they are part of a church or not. Obviously when we go to the church, we awaken our faith, and life with God is not at all secluded. In the church, God feeds me with His Word, teaches me to use my faith a little bit more, leads me to greater challenges, and all this is good for this faith and justice that He gives me.
Who pleases God more, the “Christian” who hates, or the non-Christian who loves? The concern Judas had with the offerings, or the sinner’s hair that dried the perfume poured on Jesus’ feet?
Author of the books "Better than a new pair of shoes", "V woman" and "Casamento Blindado" (Bulletproof Marriage). Founder of "Godllywood" and "Rahab Project". Presenter of "The Love School" at Rede Record.