Do you remember what it was like to be trapped in sin? If you were raised in the church, perhaps not. But in some way or another, we were all slaves to sin. We were all bound. We all needed (or possibly still need) salvation.
Now imagine you’re the one in need. You can’t escape from the never ending cycle of fear and faithlessness. Nothing you do seems to make a difference and you are without hope. How would you respond if someone who’d found their salvation looked down on you as though you were scum? Maybe it did happen and, in spite of that person’s opinion of you, you were able to find what you were looking for.
God spends a lot of time in the Old Testament law reminding Israel that they were once slaves. They were once held against their will.
Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt. That is why I am giving you this command.
Deuteronomy 24:18 (NLT)
What command did God give? He talked about not going back to glean again once you’ve harvested—leave what’s left for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Don’t take a man’s cloak as security and keep it overnight lest he be cold in the night. Always use honest scales in trade.
You were once in a similar position of bondage and someone looked upon you, not with disgust, but with grace and mercy. It is our mandate, as the Church to continue that tradition.
Basically, in the words of Bill S. Preston, Esq., be excellent to each other.
Daily Bible reading: Deuteronomy 23-25, Mark 14:51-72