This reality of the law of Christ is well illustrated by an account from the life of Evangeline Booth (1865-1950), daughter of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army. As one who ministered often to the dregs of society, she found herself one morning outside the large iron gates of a local police court and temporary prison. Waiting for the gates to open, she heard the shuffling of heavy feet and loud, agitated voices. In her own words:
The gates opened wide, and I witnessed a sight which, if eternity could wash away from my mind, time never can. It was a woman. Two policemen walked in front and two behind. One stalwart man firmly held the right arm and the other the left. Her hair was uncombed and matted and disheveled. Her right temple was blackened with bruises. Clots of dry blood stood upon her left temple. Her clothes were torn and bloodstained. She tried to wrench her arms from the grasp of the policemen…
Whether it was a divine suggestion or not, I did not stop to think, but the impulse of a burning desire which filled my heart as she passed made me step forward and kiss her on the cheek…. She looked around wildly for a moment and then said, “My God, who kissed me?”
Later I went to the prison in the hope of seeing her… The door was opened, and I slipped in… Then again she asked me, “Do you know who kissed me?” I said, “It was I who kissed you.” Then I told her of Him whose life was so much more tender than mine could ever be and how He went to the cross and bore our sins upon Himself and was wounded for our transgressions that He might put the kiss of pardon upon our brow.
“Love is a plant of heavenly origin. The unconsecrated heart cannot originate or produce it. It is found only in the heart where Jesus reigns.” – Evangline Booth
This is an excerpt from The Law of Christ: Part 3