Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
Sacrifices to God is something we do not discuss often within our 21st century as the sacrifice of all sacrifices has been made. The reality is, we are called to sacrifice. We are not called to sacrifice animals yet things in life and in our flesh that we are called to sacrifice. The writer is giving clarity the heart of the believer here and also several expectations of the believer.
Remember those in prison as if we are in prison….this is powerful. This is empathy at its finest. This is, put yourself in someone else’s shoes. This is don’t look at their situation yet ours. As I read this I try and think about the person in prison in America for the sake of Christ. I would assume not many, as people that have made mistakes and committed crimes. The verse continues on as I try to create excuses to find justification for judging others. it says, “and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” Now, this passage is referring to the believers being put in prison and believers being mistreated. What the Lord is saying to me this morning is “LOVE PEOPLE.” Put yourself in people’s shoes and put yourself in the situation of mistreated people. So many people get mistreated, whether it be a Christian or a non-christian, I must sympathize and empathize. The Lord didn’t just be empathetic as he took on flesh and died so that I might live. This is the Gospel, step into others situation to help provide life and peace for them through the love of Jesus.
Father, help me get this today. Help me put myself in other people shoes, believers and non-believers. Forgive me for not looking upon people with empathy and sympathy. Forgive me God, Lord, and King.