Monday, March 11, 2013

Merciful Monday: Blessed Are the Poor

Most Christians have heard of Matthew 5:3 (we read it last month) which states, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” However, most Christians don’t realize the extent to which God discusses how we should treat the poor.

Today's reading mentions:
  • The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don't care at all (Proverbs 29:7).
  • If a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will last forever (Proverbs 29:14).
  • Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly (Leviticus 19:15).
  • The poor and the oppressor have this in common— the Lord gives sight to the eyes of both (Proverbs 29:13).
From Proverbs 29:7 we can see that as Christians we should care for the poor. If you choose not to care for the poor, then you are considered “wicked.”  So when you see someone on the street begging, help them out by offering them food or an old coat. When you see a poor person being made fun or disrespected, you should stand up for them, especially if you are in a position of power or leadership as stated in Proverbs 29:14.

Although God requires us to care for the poor, this does not mean that we should favor them when it comes to decision-making. The Lord is a fair God and Proverbs 29:13 says the poor and the oppressor have something in common. At the end of the day, we are all the same whether rich or poor because we were all created by God!

Today’s Challenge: Because God commands us to care for the poor, do something this week for someone less fortunate than you. Perhaps you can volunteer at the soup kitchen, give money to that homeless man you always see on the corner, or pay for a meal for a friend of yours that is really struggling financially. No matter what you do, just make sure you do it as unto the Lord.

Merciful Mondays: Jael
For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 4:31

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