“You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. ” – Exodus 22:21 (NKJV)
A note to myself:
Joe , you’ve had this verse in your head for a few days now for a reason. God is keeping you here on this text in Exodus for a purpose.
When will you realize that not long ago, you were once a stranger yourself ? Why don’t you have more compassion for those around you ? It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and NOT by works. You are no better than anyone. Don’t you remember the words of Paul in 1 Timothy 1:16 ? – “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.”
In reality, you are worse than Paul. If someone were to put a piece of coal next to your dark and sinful heart, the coal would look white by comparison. As C.J. Mahaney would say, you’re doing better than you deserve. Will you please stop shaking your head at the world around you and instead do something about it for God’s glory?