Nehemiah 5:9 – So I said, The thing that you are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies?

     This verse is Nehemiah’s reaction to the Jewish Nobles and Merchants who have taken advantage of the poverty of their fellow Jews to make a profit, acting as Loan Sharks to steal their land, and even force them to sell themselves into slavery to pay for unjust debts.

     How God’s people treat each other matters. It should be a window into the love, mercy, and grace of our God. Instead, the sins of the Jewish Elite caused the nations to mock and taunt God’s people, and by proxy, God himself. They didn’t fear God, and it taught the nations not to either.

     Sometimes today we might be tempted to think that the only thing that matters to the church is saving souls. But what the Bible shows us is that, even when it comes to saving souls, failing to do what is right will have a direct impact on our success in preaching the gospel. So love one another, that the gospel might be shown through your life.

Pastor Josh