If men contend with each other, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but is confined to his bed, if he rises again and walks about outside with his staff, then he who struck him shall be acquitted. He shall only pay for the loss of his time, and shall provide for him to be thoroughly healed.Exodus 21:18-19, NKJV
The Scripture tells us that those who belong to Christ are no longer under the law of Moses. Rather, we should walk in the love of God, and allow His love to rule in our hearts and govern our actions. Yet we know also that the law that was given to Moses was righteous, that it came from God, and teaches us what is right.
What then, can we learn from this passage concerning the law of love? Have you ever injured anyone by your words or actions? Surely we all have done so at one time or another. The law of Moses instructed that if one were to cause another physical injury, the one who caused the injury is responsible to provide for and ensure the complete healing of the one who was injured. Does that not also apply to the law of love? If you have genuinely wounded someone with your words or deeds, oftentimes just saying “I’m sorry” is not enough to heal the injury. The law of God teaches us that if we are to truly act in love, we will commit ourselves to loving and caring for the person whom we have wounded until the injuries that we have caused are fully and completely healed.
Postscript: A friend of mine shared with me this article about forgiveness that I found very interesting.