Daily Topic for December 03, 2011
It is very difficult to walk in the fruit of the Holy Spirit, but it demonstrates the truth of Christ’s Kingdom. When missionaries are able to love and forgive even those who are abusive, it demonstrates better than any carefully written pamphlet or theological argument why transformation in Christ is so essential.
Pray for today’s workers in North Africa to walk in the fruit of the Holy Spirit so they can show the reality of the Kingdom of God to Muslims.
The Thorntons rented a house in Cairo built in the old oriental fashion. It had a large central hall which they used for meetings and rooms on either side for two families. Meetings were sometimes interrupted by sheikhs who came to discuss and dispute what Thornton and Gairdner, his friend and fellow missionary, were teaching. Nothing, however, ever deterred Thornton, even when things became “lively” and furniture was smashed. He was determined to show a higher standard of courtesy than any to which the Muslims aspired. This paid off when one young sheikh, who had been the foremost opponent and had led a disorderly exodus from a meeting, later came back and took his stand as a follower of the Son of God!
Another confessed: “One thing seemed strange to me. I was treating the missionaries with hatred and insult, but they never ceased to treat me with courtesy and even love. So I saw that whereas Islam teaches us to return hate with hate, Christianity, on the contrary, teaches men to love their enemies and to treat them courteously.” Douglas Thornton died in Egypt on September 7, 1907. He was only thirty-four.
From “D. M. Thornton, A Study in Missionary Ideals and Methods,” by W. H. Gairdner.
Pray for the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be made evident among today’s workers in the Muslim world. Pray that they will win people to the Prince of Peace by turning the other cheek.