Heal not Harm

M’lakhim Bet (2 Kings) 6:21-23

When the king of Isra’el saw them, he asked Elisha, “My father, should I attack them? Should I attack them?” He answered, “Don’t attack them! You wouldn’t even attack prisoners you had captured with your own sword and bow, would you? So give them food to eat and water to drink, and let them return to their master.” So he provided well for them; and after they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away; and they returned to their master. After that, no more raiding parties entered the land of Isra’el from Aram.

 

How Elisha instructed King Yoram of Israel to treat this enemy from Aram is how we as believers are to treat people living in sin who enter our lives.  Not with hatred for coming into our city in a warlike state with chariots and spears, but with pity and loving kindness with the knowledge that if they don’t repent this is the best they will ever know for all eternity.  Once they have received our assistance then we are to let them go away from the body of believers and back into their sin so that one day it may convict them and they will come to faith and turn back to ADONAI just as General Na’aman did after being supernaturally healed.  Lord let me hold to this teaching and not be judgmental when You place people in my life who need succor from sin.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

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