Ruth’s Love for Naomi

Before Israel was ruled by kings, Elimelech from the tribe of Ephrath lived in the town of Bethlehem. His wife was named Naomi, and their two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. Mahlon went on to marry Ruth, while Chilion married Orpah. About ten years later, Mahlon and Chilion died. Naomi went on from Moab to Judah, since the Lord had given his people a good harvest there. As they were leaving, Naomi said to Orpah and Ruth, “Don’t you want to go back home to your own mothers? You were kind to my husband and sons, and you have always been kind to me. I pray the Lord will be just as kind to you.” Orpah kissed Ruth good-by, but Ruth held on to Naomi. Naomi asked Ruth, “Why don’t you go with her?” But Ruth answered her, “Please don’t tell me to leave you and return home! I will go where you go, I will live where you live; your people will be my people, your God will be my God. I will die where you die and be buried beside you. Naomi stopped urging Ruth to go back. They both went on to Bethlehem. While in Bethlehem, Ruth was picking grain, left by the harvest workers. The owner of the field was Boaz, who Ruth later on married and gave birth to a son. Therefore, just as Romans 12:10 says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Ruth could have went back home to her own family, knowing that Naomi was older and she wouldn’t have anymore children. But Ruth honored Naomi above herself, and was blessed with a husband and a child. Sometimes we should ignore ourselves, to honor others.

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