Saturday December 3, 2016 Whoever

“Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the poor lends to the needy honors God.  Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done.”  Proverbs 14:31; 19:17

There is so much opportunity to serve others.  Life presents us with the all types of people with whom to interact.  Only God’s grace prepares us to meet each person with the kindness and generosity with which Christ would have.  Jesus alone was prepared to deal with the needy in perfection.  He gave just the right answer to each person who appeared before Him.  Even Solomon could not solved the problems of poverty of heart, mind and soul.  If food and money were the answer to every poor person… the dilemma would have been solved by socialism.  If escape was truly the answer… drugs would have been created to relieve all depression and paint a better life.  (Better living through chemistry.)

BUT the real answers are found in love and kindness.  A real smile, a hand held, a hug shared are what is needed not only be the poor but by everyone.  The widows and orphans, the homeless and hungry, the disenfranchised and incarcerated all would blossom under a kindness that is graciously given.  The Lord will take this kindness lent on His behalf and help even the tiniest ray of hope given to fill the sky with light.  I ask myself often, How would the world be if all believers tried to provide for each other’s needs?  Whoever is ME and You!

Lord, you have the power and the ability to make this world a paradise.  You have shared this power with Your believers and it is up to me to be Your hands and feet.  Help me to honor the poor and help the needy always. 

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