Sharing the gospel

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Purge me (from sin), and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

If we walk, in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Psalm 51:7; 1 John 1:7.

The evangelist, John Wesley (1703-1791), was on his way home one evening when he was assaulted by a robber who stole all that he had with him. It wasn’t of much value: just a little money and some Christian tracts.

As the bandit was making off, John Wesley called after him: “Stop! I have one more thing to give you.” The robber turned around in surprise. “My friend,” John Welsey went on, “perhaps you will one day regret the life you are living. Then remember this word: the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.” The robber ran off,and Wesley prayed to the Lord for his attacker.

Many years later, Wesley was preaching before a large congregation. At the end of the service one of his hearers came to speak to him. What a surprise for Wesley to learn that his questioner was none other than the man who had robbed him some years previously, but now a believer. “I owe everything to you,” he said. “Oh no!” Wesley replied, “You owe everything to God.”

John Wesley had certainly given that robber something that night. He had opened a door of hope for him. Dear reader, a testimony of faith to others is worthwhile whether the one addressed is good or wicked. God wants all to be saved (cf. 1 Timothy 2:4). What hope there is for all in a word. such as John Wesley gave that robber!