Slandered by a Stranger
One afternoon, several years ago, and just after we had purchased our land for The Sanctuary at Camilla ministry, a stranger approached me at the front gate and asked what I was going to build on my property. I told him we were building a Christian retreat facility. The man rudely exclaimed, “What’s that to me? I don’t care if you build a whorehouse back there!” I peacefully told him by no means was that my intent!
Three months later, this same man entered our gate and drove to the back where our little chapel was being constructed and he met me at the top of our hill. He asked if I remembered him. I told him I didn’t, although he did look kind of familiar. He reminded me he was that same fellow who attempted to slander me and accuse me of building a house of ill-repute a while back. Now, I remembered! The stranger told me he wanted to apologize for what he had said to me back then. He told me he hadn’t had any peace since that day, and he asked if I would pray for him. I said, yes, and I guided him into our little chapel building since my Bible was in there. I told him I wanted to read some very important Scriptures concerning his salvation to him. He agreed, and we went in and sat at a small table Sally, my wife, and I had put in there with two chairs.
This man who had previously shown such hatred and viciousness before toward God’s property was now humbling himself before God asking for forgiveness. He went on to confess a lifestyle he was ashamed of and was now seeking God’s mercy and healing for his past. He accepted Christ, his Savior, that afternoon in our little Sanctuary chapel. He was forgiven of his life of sin thanks to the mercy and salvation of our Lord Jesus (Read; 1 Thessalonians 5:8,9). “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Three weeks after this stranger accepted Jesus in our chapel, he returned with a friend named Bobby. My stranger told me his friend wanted to repent of his sins just like he had done weeks before, and asked would I pray for him as well. I did. Two men with very sinful, even violent lifestyles confessed those terrible sins before Jesus and Jesus forgave them providing them their eternal salvation. Selah.