“You shall not kill them. Would you kill those you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master” (2 Kings 6:22).
While it would have been politically expedient to put to death the marauding band of Arameans, Elisha chose, instead, to extend hospitality instead of the sword. Such a gracious act caused the Arameans to see the people of God in a different way, and never again would the Arameans come into Israel. For others to view us differently, we would do well embody the gracious qualities manifested in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The world expects us to be judgmental, self-righteous, and void of any humor. Let’s blind-side them and open their eyes to the unexpected.