Deuteronomy 22: Stop to Help

Deuteronomy 22: Stop to Help August 30, 2012

“If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back. Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.” -Deuteronomy 22:1-3

It’s easy to pass up opportunities to help. Whether it is the person who needs help with a door, a car with a flat tire, or someone who has dropped their books, it’s much more convenient to keep walking.

But living God’s way is not always convenient. The Old Testament law was clear that if there was an opportunity to help, do it. In the words of Scripture, “Do not ignore it.”

How can we love our neighbor as ourselves if we won’t stop to help the person in need? Be the answer to this question today.

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