“A Gift of Love”
Submitted by Pastor Roy Miles, Staples Assembly of God Church
The story of a boy who knew
the meaning of “Love thine enemies.”
One day a new prisoner was brought into the cell of a Romanian prison, where there were some Christian preachers who were condemned for preaching the Word of God. Almost immediately, they recognized him as a former captain of the Romanian security forces, one who had arrested and investigated believers. “How did you get here?” the brothers asked. In reply he told them the following story:
“Recently, a 12-year-old boy came into my office carrying a flower in his hand. I was extremely surprised to see him and asked him why he had come. ‘Today is my mother’s birthday,’ the boy replied, ‘And I love her very much. Every year I brought her a flower for a birthday present. But you have taken my mama and papa away because they are Christians. Now I have no one to give this flower to. So I am asking you to give this flower to your wife. Tell her that I love you and please tell her about Christ.’”
“They boy stretched out his hand and gave that flower to me! I was touched to the depths of my heart, like Saul in the Bible, I could feel the Spirit of God working in me. With tears in my eyes I went up to the boy, embraced and kissed him, and told him I would no longer persecute Christians. From that day on I turned to God, refusing to arrest Believers any more. As a result, I have now been arrested.”
Let’s ask the Lord Jesus for this kind of love today!