✙ Leviticus 19:34
But they're not just for Christians. Leviticus 19 tells the Hebrews that they must love both their neighbor and the stranger as much as themselves. To be true to the God of Israel, therefore, is to love not just those who are like us—who live near us, who follow our religion, who speak our language—but to love those who are different, those we don't understand, those whose faith differs from ours.
We can and should debate immigration. But for people of faith, what's not up for debate is how much we should love the immigrant. The answer is, as much as we love ourselves.
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Extend hospitality to strangers.
✙ Romans 12:13
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
Teach my heart hospitality, Lord. As you have brought me near to you by the blood of Christ, may I love my neighbor and welcome those who are far away.
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