Day twenty-three: Exodus 23

Do you act differently around people who you don’t like?

This verse,” If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again” got me thinking; Not only is it a wee bit strange thinking of yourself looking out your front window to see an ox or donkey walking down your street but for it to be owned by the person who you don’t get along with for you to then decide whether you should run after it or to just let it walk on. Put yourself in this position, what would you do?

This command for us to do good to our enemy is very important, because it shows us that goodness isn’t only required for those who we like but also for those who we don’t usually get along with. You may not need a command for how to act around your friends but it’s necessary for those who you don’t get along with. The way you feel about someone doesn’t determine right or wrong behaviour towards them instead we should put our feelings aside to care and help them in need. It may be difficult but we learn that we should love everyone like how we love ourselves and by doing so we reflect God’s love to everyone.

The verse, “You shall not follow a crowd to do evil” got me thinking about how important it is to hang around the right friends. We are more likely to do actions when we are with our friends so it is really important to be surrounded by people that help you grow as a human instead of those who convince you to do things that you may later regret. Are you surrounded by friends who help you grow and develop in your faith as well as a person? We should also help support our friends grow and develop in their relationship whilst being good influencers to them by trying to live like Christ.

 Come and see what God has done.

Question for today: Do you like the way you act around people who you don’t really get along with? I challenge you to change your attitude if you answered no to the first question.