GREENVILLE, S.C. — A video released this week by a police department in South Carolina tells the story of a formerly drug addicted homeless man whose life was transformed after a police officer took the time to talk to him and gift a copy of the Bible—the officer’s own personal Bible.
As ChristianNews reports:
The video by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office shares footage of a phone call from Robert Morris, whose life was touched in 2014 after Deputy Matt Holman found him walking the streets alone and soaking wet.
“He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life,” Morris stated in a call to express gratitude.
“He had lost his mom and dad. He had lost his sister,” Holman recalled. “After losing his sister, he got addicted to drugs and alcohol.”
Morris said that his addiction harmed his relationship with his two remaining siblings.
During the discussion, Holman asked Morris what his needs were.
“[The deputy] said, ‘You need anything?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I need a Bible,’” Morris remembered. “So he got in his trunk, and he thought he had an extra Bible back there that he keeps for those occasions, but he couldn’t find one.”
Holman stood for a moment contemplating what to do as all he could find in the trunk was his own personal Bible.
“I wrestled with the fact that I knew my personal Bible was in the car and I didn’t necessarily want to give that up,” Holman explained. “I wrote in this Bible, done Bible studies out of it with my brothers [and] highlighted things, and it meant a lot to me. I was really attached to that Bible.”
But Holman ultimately decided to give Morris his Bible.
“But I kind of felt like God was telling me, ‘He needs this more than you do,’” he recalled.
The deputy also bought Morris a meal before going on his way.
Six months later, Holman received a call from Morris, who wanted to say thank you and let him know how much his life had changed since that night.
“He said, ‘Officer, you don’t understand. Because of what you’d done, I checked myself back into mental health, I was able to get regulated with my medication [and] I reconciled my relationship with my brother [and] my sister,” Holman remembered, adding that Morris was also no longer homeless.
“Because of what you had done that night,” Morris said, “that saved my life.”
He also sent Holman a card that read in part, “I just needed to let you know you will be very rewarded in Heaven. … I was at my lowest. Never had hopes or dreams. I still can’t believe a sheriff’s deputy was going to be my hero.”
Morris passed away in March of last year, but the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office notes that he did so “a changed and renewed man.”
The video has received over 7,000 views since being posted on Tuesday (which you can check out below).
P.S. I pray to the Lord that those who do not believe may have their eyes and hearts opened, so that they may believe and be saved like this man was. May God bless this officer for what he’s done, and may he bless others for spreading the word of God, and bringing people to Jesus to change their lives for the better. I also pray for those that do believe as well may continue to have faith, and no matter what you’re going through good or bad, the Lord is with you. Nevertheless, stay safe everyone, have faith, and God bless in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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