|TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION
THE HOMELESS MAN WHO HATED ME
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,” 1 Tim. 2:3-6
A homeless man lashed out venomous words of pure hatred at me one day for putting a Gospel tract in his homeless buddy’s collection cup. I’ve always been very sensitive so hatred and rejection are extra hard on me. I could have walked away. The Lord stopped me.
“Why do you hate me?” I asked him. He told me two things. First, he felt I was wrong to put my Gospel tract in the other man’s cup. I should put it on the ground. So I did.
Also, he told me he hated the Lord because of something that had happened in his life. Instead of judging him, I loved him. And could totally understand. In my hardest times, I have fallen into rage at the Lord. I needed to repent. Nevertheless, the truth is I railed against God because of my hurts and heartache. The Lord forgave me.
The man who had lashed out at me didn’t believe I could understand how he felt. When I shared pieces of my past with him, he shared back with me how his own story was similar in ways to mine.
Minutes later, his heart was so wide open I gave him my Gospel tract he had refused and walked away with love for him and in awe of what the Lord had done. I knew a big seed of Christ’s love and the Gospel message had been planted in that man’s heart. He had told me over and again how he couldn’t believe Jesus would die on the cross for someone like him, so I had a wonderful opportunity to talk to him about Christ’s love for him and His death and resurrection and how we’re called to turn our lives over to Him.
I don’t remember the exact words I spoke. Only that what had begun as a man spewing pure hatred at me turned into an opportunity to share in love the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
My greatest desires in life used to be all about me. Today my greatest desire in life is about the Lord Jesus Christ and me and others loving and following Him forevermore!
Have you turned from your sins and truly given Christ your heart and life? He died for us all, but it’s up to us whether we will turn from our sins and receive Him as Lord and live our lives accordingly.
Turn, turn, turn to Jesus my friend. Surrender ALL to Him, AMEN!