10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

The righteous care for the needs of their animals. Literally this can be translated, the righteous know the life and soul of their dumb beasts. What’s implied in this statement is that the righteous care for the needs of their families, their friends, their fellow believers, the poor, the orphans, and the widows. All the way down to even caring for the needs of their animals. The righteous do not neglect those in need. The righteous are marked by a caring heart for others. The righteous don’t just stare at a need but actually do something about it. The righteous care about the souls of those around them and how their lives are going.

In contrast, the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. The word translated kindest acts is racham which literally means womb. It brings the connotation of a mother’s delicate care. Even the motherly affection of the wicked is fiercely cruel. The wicked think they are being kind but, at best, their actions are cruel. If the best and kindest things the wicked do are cruel, how dastardly and evil are those actions that are intended to bring harm? The wicked care only to destroy the souls and lives of those around them. Even when their actions seem kind, their hearts and motives tear at the very life of others.

Look back over the last week. Have your actions and words been life giving or life taking? Think of the last time your words were life taking. What triggered you? What was fueling those words? How could you have acted differently? As Christians, we are to deeply care for the lives of all those around us, from the most important person in your life to the brute beasts out in the pasture. Today, let Christ’s righteousness shine through you as you change someone’s life through your care and attention for them.