Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 4th, 2017
The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
Proverbs 12:10 (NIV)
Caring for Animals
Our actions even to our pets is different when we are serving the Lord and following His ways. When we know we are loved and valued and cared for by our Master, we become “masters” that show kindness and give excellent care.
When Canadians think about the Humane Society, they think of animals. But when Canada’s first humane society was founded in Toronto in 1887, its focus wasn’t just on animals. The founding objectives included stopping cruelty to children, rescuing children from vicious influences, remedying their conditions as well as encouraging people to practice and teach kindness to animals and others. In the early days, before the introduction of automobiles, most of the focus of the Humane Society was on the care and concern for horses.
From time to time I will watch a YouTube video on the life of some Jack the Ripper type person who has harmed people without any sense of guilt. Usually their sociopathy showed up when they were children by acts of cruelty to some pet or another. Cruelty to animals is a sign of a world affected by sin. When Adam and Eve walked in the garden they did so in perfect peace and harmony with the Lord and with His perfect creation. When we are redeemed by Christ, His compassion ought to flow through us into all of His creation. Which is why the first humane society in Canada, which protected children and animals, was started by followers of Jesus. King Solomon speaks to this in Proverbs 12:10: “The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” There is no place for cruelty in the kingdom of God. We followers of Christ are called to be compassionate in every relationship we have within God’s creation. How can you show the compassion of Christ today, towards all who are in need of His love?
These have been words from the heart.