Scripture for today: 1 John 1:9
One evening, while the famed evangelist D. L. Moody preached, a crime suspect on the run slipped into the anonymity of the crowd. Detective Todd B. Hall would have abandoned the chase had not the doorman, an ex-saloon keeper who knew them both, said, “If you will wait until the service is over I will help you to get him.”
Hall found a seat, sat transfixed, and later commented, “Mr. Moody was so plain in his delivery of the message that I was attracted by his earnest pleading. When through with his sermon I was forced to decide on Christ as my Savior. The Devil said I could not be a Christian and a detective . . . ”
After the service, the criminal forgotten, Hall went straight to City Hall “and told the Chief of Detectives and the men what I had made up my mind to do and live the life of a Christian, and asked them for sympathy as I had enough of the tough worldly life I was living.”
Arriving home later to his wife, Hall confessed unfaithfulness and begged for her forgiveness. “We then kneeled down and asked God to help me live the Christian life and be true. When I arose to my feet, to my surprise my wife ran up to me, throwing both her arms round my neck and kissing me said, ‘Nothing shall separate us. If you have made up your mind to live as a Christian I will live it with you and take Christ as my Savior.’”
“Oh what a happy family ours has been,” Hall said later, “and what comfort has come to our lives. . . For twenty years by the grace of God I have been kept in that sweet life being still in the detectives’ office and have been a blessing to many poor fellows who have been arrested by me, telling them what Mr. Moody told me.”
Guilt is good if it leads to forgiveness and restoration – with others, of course, but most importantly with God.