Hardness of Heart

I was delighted to have Medo join me for a morning of co-labouring in the Gospel. I truly enjoyed his fellowship. We found encouragement in 2 Corinthians 2:12-6:13 before praying and hitting the streets. Paul writes that those who spread the Gospel are the aroma of Christ to God (a pleasing aroma), but to “those who are perishing” we are “a fragrance from death to death,” yet to “those who are being saved” we are a “fragrance from life to life” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). We contemplated how we cannot control the way people respond to us and our message, but how we must make it “our aim to please [the Lord]” (2 Corinthians 5:9), seeking to be the aroma of Christ to God.

Well, we met someone who smelt us and smelt death. Medo approach an older man outside of the Rexdale Mall, and holding out a coin, he asked him if he would like a free copper coin. Stiff and upset, he responded, “don’t talk to me.” Medo kindly replied, “it has the 10 commandments on it; do you know them?” Walking away, he struck back, “I know the 10 commandments, and I’ve never killed anyone, but if you keep talking to me, you might be the first one!”

I do not know why he was so hostile toward any talk about religious things. There could be a whole host of reasons. One thing I did percieve was that his heart seemed to be hard. We prayed for him, that the Lord would humble him and open his heart to at least hear more about matters of eternal significance. May the Lord have mercy on whom he will have mercy.

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