Overcoming self-righteousness through love

Do you ever stop to think that Bible stories from thousands of years ago have cutting-edge relevance when it comes to today’s issues—those close to home or across the globe? The story of Naaman in the Old Testament (see II Kings 5:1–14) often reverberates for me, especially when I’m holding views I’m not so ready to give up.

As captain of his army, Naaman helped win deliverance for his people. Yet when he was faced with what was described as a loathsome physical disease, the battle was of a different sort. Told by the prophet Elisha to do something that seemed demeaning for a heralded captain of an army to do—wash in the river Jordan seven times—he rejected this order in anger.

‘Safe in His encircling arms’
September 5, 2016

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