Now, how would you feel if someone went out of their way to hurt that child?
Reference: “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” Proverbs 14:31 NIV
Explore: Think of a young child you know. Think of their innocence.
They don’t understand what their future holds or how their actions can impact others. Their life is filled with playtime and every moment is lived to enjoy.
They are not perfect, they have their selfish moments, but their smile lights up the room and their giggle is infectious.
Now, how would you feel if someone went out of their way to hurt that child? What would you say to an adult who lashed out at this child for no reason, or intentionally caused them pain?
If you were like me, you would quickly come to the child’s defence. And I would be very abrupt with my words and my actions towards any adult who intentionally harms a child.
Application: I wonder if that’s what God feels like when we hurt someone. When we gossip about a colleague or we judge a member of our congregation; don’t you think our loving God would come to their defence?
That person is God’s child and if we have intentionally hurt them then shouldn’t we suffer the same wrath as someone who hurts a child?
I find we can very easily justify a bad word said about someone else, but we forget they are someone’s baby and they are God’s child. Let’s honour God by respecting His children and loving them like God was standing right there beside them.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I have intentionally hurt one of Your children. May I love like You have loved me. Amen.
Which of God’s children do you need to learn to love?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.