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It’s not in our human nature to help those who hate us, or even don’t like us.

The backstabber at work… the mean-spirited relative who regularly gossips about us to other relatives… the person at school or church who seems to look for our molehill mistakes in order to turn them into mountains…

These are people who are not easy to love.

We all have them… or have had them.

So we’re walking through the parking lot and, in the distance, we see our caustic critic with a dead car battery or with a flat tire.

Do we offer to help him or her?

Or do we act like we didn’t see the problem?

We know what our prideful self would say.

But what about God?

“If you see that the donkey of someone who hates you has collapsed under its load, do not walk by. Instead, stop and help.” (Exodus 23:5)

So there you have it.

We are called to do the right thing, even toward those who have done wrong things to us.

It’s not an easy lesson, but our grace toward critics does show the place of God in our hearts.

Yes, that hateful person might still hate you after your helpful efforts.

But God won’t.

He’ll see that you helped as a matter of faith, not as a matter of personal gain.

And, more than anything, shouldn’t we really be striving most of all for that audience of One?

Prove your faith today.

Help someone who has harmed you.

It’s what faith does.

Those who observe your choice will know that it’s only being done because of faith.

And what a good testimony that will be.

As always, I love you

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