Did you know that God cares about how you treat your dog? Proverbs 12:10 says, “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”
The man who is following after God is one who is even kind to God’s creation. Does this mean we can never go hunting or we have to be tree huggers? Not at all! All this verse is indicating is that true believers reflect the heart of their Maker. He is kind and compassionate to His creation and His followers should be as well. All of us can think of people we have known who have taken great delight in torturing animals. This reflects their wicked heart that lusts to see misery thrive. The righteous person knows that God has showered mercy on him and he longs to extend that mercy to others, and because God’s mercy is so abundant this even extends to those creatures who are not image bearers. I’m not saying, “all dogs go to heaven” or anything like that. I am saying that God is kind and so should His people be.