Exodus 23:4 “If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.”
Christians must love even their enemies, and if they can prevent harm and hurt to them they should.
On this day 16th May 1569 there perished in the flames of martyrdom a Dutch man called Dirk Willems. His story is particularly touching, because he forfeited a real chance to escape when he turned back to help one of his pursuers.
Dirk had been imprisoned in his home town of Asperen. Knowing that death awaited him if he remained in prison, Dirk made a rope of strips of cloth and was able to escape. A guard chased him. Dirk risked a dash across a near by frozen pond. He made it to safety, but the ice broke under his pursuer who cried for help. Dirk believed the Scripture that a man should help his enemies. He immediately turned back and rescued the drowning man.
His pursuer in appreciation would have let Dirk escape, but a town magistrate witnessed the event and commanded the guard to seize Dirk. Returned to prison, he shortly thereafter was condemned to die. On the day appointed he was chained to tthe pile and the torch was applied. The wind blew the flame away from him so that his death was long and miserable.
"By this may all know that we are not His disciples, because we hate one another” (Robert Leighton 1611-1684).
Ezekiel 16:8, “Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Acts 16:6-7, “Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia. After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalms 103:14, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” This verse teaches us that the Lord is pitiful of us and ever ready to help us. The Lord does not forget that we are weak and feeble. He knows when we suffer...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” “A few more years shall roll, A few more seasons come; And we shall be with those that rest, Asleep within the tomb. A few more storms shall...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
2 Kings 25:30, “And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.” Jehoiachin's case is like that of the people of God. Our portion is given to us by the King. It...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” John Selden (1584 – 1654) was an English scholar. He was expert in England's...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Lamentations 3:26, “It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” This verse contains a word frequently used in the Bible but which we often seem to miss or overlook. It is the word...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalms 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Mrs. Elizabeth Hervey was the wife of Rev William Hervey. They were both American...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalms 31:7, “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities.” Here David refers to his ‘trouble’ and ‘adversities.’ He also is aware of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“Thy testimonies are very sure” (Psalm 93:5). There are not many things in life that we can call “very sure.” The Word of God however has that attribute of certainty. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words...[ abbreviated | read entire ]