Cyril Guna grew up in a large, religious family but remembers his home as a place without love, even before his mother died when he was 13.
"I grew up in a hostile environment, which made me bitter and unforgiving," Cyril shares sadly. "I was on a quest for compassion. I needed comforting and was the loneliest of individuals."
Cyril had attended Sunday school as a child but it was at a tent meeting when he was 20 that he admitted his life was a mess and he was a sinner in need of the free salvation offered through Jesus' death on the cross.
"God quenched the longing for love and acceptance in my heart and Jesus gave me the security and sense of His acceptance I had been desperate for," Cyril declares.
As a result, Cyril has learnt to accept love, "a thing that was hard for me".
"God sent people to shake me out of my comfort zone and solitude. I had to learn to mingle with people. I now love people and enjoy conversing with them," he smiles. "Surrendering to God has helped me conquer my anger and hostility towards others."
His family couldn't accept his decision to live for Jesus and poured much scorn on him but Cyril has found he is able to deal with their rejection.
"I find comfort in God alone. I love them regardless of their actions."
Cyril takes comfort from verses in the Bible like Job 42:2 which says; 'I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You'; Luke 1:37, which says; 'For with God nothing will be impossible'; and Romans 8:28, where Paul writes; 'And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.' "These verses speak of God's control of all circumstances in life," Cyril says.
He urges others: "Let God into your life and trust Him that He has the best reserved for you. God is your father and He loves you unconditionally."•