“If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him” (Exodus 23:5).TEXT — Exodus 23:1-9
A minister of the gospel was driving in his car when another vehicle hit him from behind. The offending man pleaded that they should not call the Police, promising to take care of the damage incurred. As soon as they left the place and seeing there was no evidence to prove his wrong, the fellow told the man of God that he was not going to repair the car as earlier promised. The man of God thanked and blessed him, forgave him and drove away.
Israel, being the people of God were instructed in our passage today not to spread false rumours, follow the multitude to do evil, bear false witness and not to forbear from helping in returning a straying animal to its owner even though he may be an enemy. They were not to pervert judgment, receive bribes or oppress the fatherless, widow or stranger.
The command to love men including one’s enemies has been from old. Loving God with the whole heart and loving one’s neighbour as one self is His cardinal commandment. Joseph demonstrated it to his brethren. The parable of “the Good Samaritan”, as the Lord told us, shows that everyone, including those who hate us, is “a neighbour”. The carnal nature in man is always opposed to this position and action. However, the Scripture says, “the merciful man doeth good to his own soul” (Proverbs 11:17).
Medical science has proved that doing good to persons irrespective of who they are activates the joy hormone in the brain and leads to peace of mind and improved health; but one must first be saved for this to be possible. So then, let us do good to all men, loving even the unlovable.
Thought for the day
Do good to all and be blessed of God.
- in one year
- PSALM 51 – 60