Compassionate Abraham

11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 

12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 

15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 

16 So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.

[Genesis 14:11-16]

When you read from verse 1, you’ll notice that the King of Sodom, the King of Gomorrah and three other Kings, five Kings in all fought against some four other Kings and lost. Lot and all the other people who belonged to the vanquished Kings were captured and taken away. You see where Lot’s choice led him? He chose the most fertile part of the Land just by the sight of his eyes. Well, he miscalculated. He’s now a captive.

Someone who managed to escape came to tell Abraham about the bad news. What did Abraham do? Did he take two handkerchiefs to dance borborbor, kpanlogo, adowa or agbadza, claiming vindication? No! On the contrary, he took his army of three hundred and eighteen (318) soldiers, all members of his household to fight and rescued Lot and the other captives.

You may have looked after a family member or helped a friend who was really in need. Instead of showing appreciation, they are bad-mouthing you. It’s as if you’re rather the bad guy. Your heart is broken. However, they are in serious trouble now. If you don’t help, they may go to jail, face something very unpleasant or even die.  You are in the position to help. Let God touch your heart, please. On the account of Christ, please help. Vengeance belongs to God. Do not take matters into your own hands, please.

We’ll return to this scripture in a few days’ time, God willing.  God give us the heart like Abraham’s to do good to those who have so much hurt us. Amen

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