The soul of the wicked desires evil;
his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
Some people are simply mean-spirited. They laugh at the misery of others. They derive pleasure at insulting anyone. They revel in being bullies, connivers, and cheaters. To see a neighbor in need arouses spite rather than sympathy.
It is our responsibility to protect others from them and to seek justice against them. And it is our responsibility to love them and to seek their salvation. Remember the verdict of Scripture against Jew and Gentile alike:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.
Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.
The venom of asps is under their lips.
Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.
Their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known.
There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10-18).
Seek God’s mercy for the merciless wicked, as mercy was shown to your wicked soul.
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