If anyone were to ask me, Marisa, why are you a Christian?, I would say, “Because I am simply in love with the idea of being loved unconditionally. However, the feelings are mutual—I absolutely love Christ and I would be lost without Him. He saved me when I didn’t know I needed saving.”

Truthfully, I did not learn how to truly love until I became a Christian.

I had been a Christian my whole life, but I did not become born-again until I was 14. I got baptized in the First Assembly of God. From that day, I noticed a change within myself. Before I got baptized, I was what God would label as a “murderer-at-heart.” I had a lot of bullies in high school, and I had fantasized about hurting them physically. I can even remember telling my dad that I liked the idea of it, so people could view me as crazy.

Yes, that was me.

I learned that, even just by thinking about hurting someone, I am no different than an actual murderer.

I learned a lot through Christ, and I aspire to live like Him and walk in His shoes. I learned how to love others, including my enemies. I learned how to forgive others. I learned that there is power in prayer. I also learned that I am equal to everyone in the entire universe (the beauty of humility).

As someone who is a Christian writing a testimony, I had a hard time thinking that I would be hated by the world, or more specifically, the people of this world. Regardless, I still love them. I have always longed to have friends and relationships with others (I am a sucker for romance), but I have not had much luck in finding a ton of friends. I can remember being a kid and feeling alone, especially in school. I am a bit of an old soul. I always had deeper connections with people who are older. I never really understood kids my age, so I always kept to myself. I talked to myself a lot (still do).

As I got older, my love for God grew. I have this attitude that, no matter where I am, no matter how many people there are to listen, I am not afraid. I am not afraid to talk about my Christian beliefs with others, Christian or non-Christian. And I shouldn’t be afraid. After all, Christ wasn’t afraid, so why should I? I even try and encourage other Christians to not be afraid as well.

I wrote a lot of Christian pieces in the past. I even took a poetry class and went full throttle. I knew that I’d be surrounded by sinners, but so was Christ. He even dined with sinners, healed them, or changed their ways and their hearts. Again, I am extremely passionate and brave, and I think a lot of my poetry peers would agree.

Aside from all of that, God gave me the ability to write. I am in the process of working on my very first novel.

Thank you for reading my testimony. May God be with you!

Marisa J. Bunton is a recent graduate from Florida Southwestern State College. She absolutely loves to write and aspires to become an independent self-published author. One thing she loves to do, besides writing and editing, is helping other independent writers reach success. She is currently working on her first novel.

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