And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:19
As Moses was telling the Israelites to love, serve and fear God, he adds in that they were to love the foreigners. They were to treat all the foreigners in their land with love and care because at one time they were also foreigners in Egypt.
Loving foreigners is a very large topic in the world today. Around the world there are millions of people who are refugees from one country living in another country as a foreigners.
Some people are willing to let those people live around them, while others fear them and want them to leave. Some people treat them with great respect, while others despise them and treat them unfairly. Many businesses will give them a job at the lowest pay possible, rather than at a fair wage.
As God was leading the Israelites into the land of Canaan, He told them to first remove all the foreign nations. After that, whoever was left was to be treated with love. This is to care for them and work to meet their needs. Jesus said that believers are to treat others as they want to be treated. True love does not look at the past or find reasons not to help out.
At one time you were a foreigner to God’s love and kingdom. You were, most likely, a foreigner to a new town, state or job. Every student goes through being a foreigner at one time or another in changing schools.
Think about how it felt as a “foreigner” in that new place. How did it feel? How did the others treat you? How did you want to be treated?
Ask God how you can love a “foreigner” today. It does not have to be just a person from another country, but a new neighbor, co-worker, or another new person in your life. Seek to love them as Jesus loved you and share with them what Jesus has done for you and for them.
I pray today that God will open your eyes to those who are foreigners around you; that God will fill you with His love for all people; that God will show you how to love others; and that many will be drawn to Jesus through your love for them.