Dec 8th, 2021
Home: The Front Door
By: Michael Mayeaux
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Deuteronomy 10:19 And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (NIV)

Why is it so hard to love those who are different? Perhaps it is easier or more comfortable to spend time with those we are familiar with? Whatever the reason may be, I can’t help but notice this behavior has, at times, made its way inside the church. I’ve observed fellow believers show contempt towards those who don’t yet know Jesus or those who reject Him as Lord and Savior. My assumption is that human beings have a tendency to forget where they come from. 

It is worth noting in today’s passage that God reminds His people they were once foreigners in Egypt. They were once foreigners in a land that persecuted them and treated them as outcasts. God reminds them of this truth to encourage them not to treat foreigners in a cruel manner. Instead, God encourages them to love those who are foreigners. It is through remembering how they once were that His people could choose to love those in the same situation.

Similar to the central message of this verse, believers today should also not forget where they came from. Before we came to Christ, we were strangers to God, foreigners to His kingdom. Romans 5:8 reads, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (NIV). Even though we were foreigners to God because of sin, Jesus proved His love for us by dying on a cross. When we remain in awe of the love and mercy God has shown us, we respond by showing love and mercy to those who don’t know Him yet. Remember where you came from, and treat those in that same situation with the love Christ has shown you.

Listen to the song Egypt, and praise God for the mercy and deliverance He has shown you!

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