Samuel Stokes, an American missionary, walked through the Punjab, carrying only a water-bottle & blanket, trusting wholly to native hospitality.
In one village he was given a particularly hostile reception. The headmen of the village sat in chairs in a circle, smoking, leaving him the whole evening sitting on the floor. When he asked if he might nurse their sick & teach them, they hurled horrible insults at him; but he made no reply.
Then they gave him stale crusts in a filthy bowl. He thanked them courteously & ate. For two days this lasted.
On the third day, the headman laid his turban at Stokes' feet as a token of respect. He explained that they had heard that Jesus' disciples were commanded to love their enemies & had decided to put him to the test.
The result had amazed them. Now they brought him their choicest food & were eager to hear his teaching.
If he had lost his temper, he would have lost his chance.
- Gospel Herald. (moreillustrations.com)
Lord Jesus said: “But I tell everyone who is listening: Love your enemies. Be kind to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who insult you.” (Luke 6:27&28 NOG)