Paid in Full with One Glass of Milk

When Jesus was asked, what is the greatest commandment, his reply was love God and the second was like the first, love man.  This is our mandate as Christians, but if there are so many of us why are we not making an impact on our world.  We live in a world that lives for the exact opposite of this love.  Maybe the answer is found in 1 John 2:9-11 which says, “
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.  Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.  But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.” 
A story has circulated around the internet and I am sure from many pulpits in the past few years but is well worth sharing again. 

                One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house.  However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water.  She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk.  He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”  “You don’t owe me anything,” she replied.  “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

            He said . . . “Then I thank you from my heart.”  As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also.  He had been ready to give up and quit.

            Years later that young woman became critically ill.  The local doctors were baffled.  They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.  Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation.  When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.  Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

            Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her.  He recognized her at once.  He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her lift.  From that day, he gave special attention to her case.  After a long struggle, the battle was won.  Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval.

            He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.  She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all.  Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.  She read these words . . . “

Paid in full with one glass of milk

” – Signed . . . Dr. Howard Kelly.

            Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”

            This is how we should treat each other.  Let our love show through our actions.  Let us be careful that we, as God’s people, don’t become full of hate.  John goes on to tell us in chapter 3:11-12, “

This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.

”  Let our actions show how much we love.  Then we can pray as well, “Thank you, God that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”


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