Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Her Goodness Touches Their Vileness
A lovely and godly woman learned of a poor district in a great city, whose people are ruled by the basest passions. They live in wretchedness and degradation. Moved by a loving pity--she leaves her own happy home, and goes to live in the midst of these debased men and women. She moves in and out among them. She teaches their children. She visits their miserable abodes when they are sick, and ministers to their needs.
It is costly serving for her. She suffers terribly in her sensitive soul, from their abject wickedness. But she makes no complaint, and continues to live out her sweet, pure life among them. Her goodness touches their vileness--and begins to dispel it. Her love blesses their soiled lives.
There she stays--a loving, patient, ministering angel, giving out her life--until that spot of wretchedness has begun to change. The degradation yields to purity. Into the squalor of their homes--come bits of beauty, and hints of moral refinement. On Sundays you may see this lovely angel-woman, with a company of restored lives around her, which she has lifted up out of sin and debasement, by the mighty power of her pure, unselfish love. That is true Christlike serving!
"Then the King will say to those on His right: Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!
For I was hungry--and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty--and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger--and you invited Me in;
I was naked--and you clothed Me;
I was sick--and you visited Me;
I was in prison--and you came to visit Me!" Matthew 25:34-36
~J. R. Miller~