An interesting article was recently found in the Tampa Bay Times. Kristyn Dominy was driving home with her daughter when a Jeep sped past her. The Jeep’s driver was behaving erratically and made a rude hand gesture to Kristyn as she sped by. Just a few short moments later, Kristyn noticed the Jeep – off the road, stuck in trees, and on fire. Kristyn told the Tampa Bay Times, “I could never – even though she flipped me off down the road – I could never just sit there and watch that happen.” As Kristyn got closer, she saw the other driver, on fire and struggling to save her own daughter from the crash. Dominy helped get them out of the car before calling 911. Later, Dominy was quoted as saying, “The vehicle was up in flames and just the look on the mom and daughter’s face. I could never drive by and not think about that.”
No doubt Dominy’s actions were a true to life example of what Jesus taught in Matthew 5:43-48. “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
How many times do we see the faces of those who are hurting – yet fail to help? Oh, I suppose we might help; but we’re just too busy, we don’t have enough time, or we are too easily distracted by other things. I have even heard one who professes to be a Christian say, “I’m willing to help someone if I think they would be willing to return the favor someday.” But what about helping those who may never return the favor; either because they lack the opportunity or because they are simply unwilling? What about those who have wronged us in the past? Would we be willing to help them?
When we have been wronged, we may be tempted to strike back. We may be tempted to think that one wrong deserves another. The old adage comes to mind, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
Yet Jesus teaches us that when someone curses us, we are to bless them. When someone hates us, we are to do good to them. When someone despitefully uses us, we are to pray for them. Clearly, Jesus wants us to help everyone as we have opportunity.