Friday, February 24, 2017

LEND YOUR ENEMY A HAND

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

Showing your enemy love by lending a helping hand wasn't first introduced in the new Testament as many think. God introduced the concept of helping our enemy as a law from the beginning in Exodus 23.

 God made it a law that required that a person who saw his enemy's animal fallen down because of a heavy load, should stop and offer a helping hand.

Can you imagine seeing your enemy stranded on the side of a highway with a flat tire? What would you do? Would you stop and offer help or drive past without a second thought?
 I know several of us would say, "Oh well, that's their problem." But that is not the way to show the perfect love of God. If we are people after God's own heart, our first desire should be to please Him with our actions.

 It pleases God when we represent Him in a way that draws others to the kingdom. Let us find a way to lend our enemy a hand. It doesn't have to be anything complicated.

 It could be something as simple as opening the door for them when their hands are full. You could help them with a project that they are having trouble completing. Keep your eyes open for small but loving ways to lend a helping hand.

  It is important for us to not only sing about helping others but actually doing something about it. - Mark Lee

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