Won By A Smile

D.L. Moody relays the story of how a family can be won to Christ by a smile.  Let us be smiling witnesses for Christ.


"One Sunday morning in London," reported Mr. Moody, "Spurgeon said to me, just before he commenced his sermon: ‘Moody, I want you to notice that family there in one of the front seats and when we go home I want to tell you their story.’

"When we got home," said Moody, "I asked him for the story, and he said: ‘All that family were won by a smile.’"

" Why," said I, "how’s that?"

" Well," said he, "as I was walking down a street one day, I saw a child at a window; it smiled, and I smiled, and we bowed. It was the same the second time; I bowed, she bowed. It was not long before there was another child, and I had got in a habit of looking and bowing, and pretty soon the group grew, and at last, as I went by, a lady was with them.

" I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to bow to her, but I knew the children expected it, and so I bowed to them all. And the mother saw I was a minister, because I carried a Bible every Sunday morning.

" So the children followed me the next Sunday. And they thought I was the greatest preacher, and their parents must hear me. And, finally the father and mother and five children were converted, and they are going to join our church next Sunday."

"Won to Christ by a smile!" said Moody. "We must get the wrinkles out of our brows, and we must have smiling faces, if we want to succeed in our work of love."

HT: Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.

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