Jeremiah 49, 13, 22
Focus Verse: Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. – Jeremiah 22:3
God blessed His people, Israel, because He wanted them to be a blessing to others.
After being recipients of His justice and righteousness, He now wanted them to show justice and righteousness to others. After being delivered from the hand of their oppressor, Egypt, He now wanted them to provide deliverance for others who were being oppressed. They had experienced no wrong or violence from His hand, so He now wanted them to do no wrong or violence to anyone else – regardless of how low their estate was.
The goodness which we experience from God is not for us to keep to ourselves, but to share with others. As His followers, we are blessed beyond measure with good and perfect gifts…and because we are so blessed by Him, He wants us to be a blessing for Him.
As Christ loves us, so we should love others.
As many times as Christ forgives us when we hurt Him, so we should forgive others when they hurt us.
As Christ is compassionate towards us, so we should be compassionate towards others.