“And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
– Leviticus 19:33-34
How can we expect others who walk in darkness to see anything around them? When they stumble and fall, how can we look at them in wonder and say, “I cannot believe they cannot see what is right in front of them?” Yet as Christians, that is exactly how we come to view those who have not been born again!
As God lays out His moral and ceremonial laws, He reminds the Hebrew people that they were once strangers in the land of Egypt. It would seem He did this because it was becoming a distant memory. They were failing to recall what they were brought out of and in danger of repeating history. The Hebrews were slaves in Egypt. They were beaten, overworked, looked down upon as a lower race with no value. God reminds them to remember so that they do not begin treating others in the same way now that they are free.
As a Christ-follower, when we see others who are not walking right with Jesus, what is our opinion of them? Do we see them walking in spiritual darkness and wonder why they cannot see? Do we stand back in the light and look at them and wonder, “why can’t they see the problem?” Those of us who have been spiritually awakened must remember we were once stumbling around in the dark too! It is important to remember this so that we look at others with compassion and not repulsion. We must be a light they see that draws them to Jesus. Now that you have been set free of sin, are you still sharing with others what Jesus has done for you?
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent.”
– Revelation 2:4-5