03/06/2007: God's Grace Frees a Guilty Soul
Puneet sat hopelessly in shock when his friends told him that a woman he recently slept with suffered from AIDS. The alcohol addiction, smoking and sexual promiscuity had finally spiraled completely out of his control.
This lowest point in Puneet's life was the result of several years of living in sin. His parents raised him in a Hindu home in Andhra Pradesh, and at a very young age he began associating with a bad group of friends. Gradually, Puneet fell into many of their habits. Though many people tried to correct his destructive behavior, he refused to change his lifestyle.
Now, his life was totally shattered. Not only was he filled with fear and pain, but his friends distanced themselves from him, assuming that he had also become an AIDS victim. Scared and alone, Puneet was haunted day and night with the idea that he had the terminal illness. He even considered taking his own life when the guilt weighed heavily on his heart.
At last, Puneet could not handle the agony of not knowing whether he really had the disease, and he went to the hospital for testing. To his surprise, the results came back negative, and Puneet felt happiness and relief from his stress.
After some time passed, Puneet's parents found a wife for him. However, by the time of his marriage, doubt about the original test, fear and guilt had crept back into his life. He was so worried about the possibility that he had AIDS, Puneet even kept himself physically from his new bride.
During this time, Puneet met Peter, a Gospel for Asia native missionary who was doing outreach in his village. For the first time, Puneet heard of Jesus' amazing grace and gift of salvation.
Hearing of Christ's power and love encouraged Puneet, and he decided to go for one more medical check-up. In his heart, Puneet thought if his tests for AIDS came back negative, he would know that Christ was real and follow Him forever.
The Lord heard Puneet's silent prayer, and his test results came back negative once again. Puneet immediately received Christ as his Savior as a result of his answered prayer. His entire family trusted in the Lord and now regularly attends worship at Pastor Peter's church.
Puneet is living a life of freedom from the guilt that held him in bondage for so long. He faithfully serves the Lord with his whole life.
Pray that Puneet and his family will continue to grow in Christ. Also pray for Pastor Peter as the Lord uses him to reach the people of Andhra Pradesh.