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This Was My Devotion For May 12th From Derek Prince Ministries. ” Caring For The Poor. “

 

Caring for the Poor

Jesus endured our poverty that we might share His
abundance.

Yesterday, we considered four wrong attitudes in relation to
money. There is yet another attitude that we must be careful
to avoid, and that is a wrong attitude toward the poor. The
Bible consistently warns us against despising or exploiting
the poor.

There are a multitude of Scripture verses on this
subject, but we will look at several verses from Proverbs:

He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has
mercy on the poor, happy is he.(Proverbs 14:21)

He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD,
and He will pay back what he has given.(Proverbs
19:17)

Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will
also cry himself and not be heard.(Proverbs 21:13)

He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who
hides his eyes will have many curses.(Proverbs 28:27)

The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but
the wicked does not understand such knowledge.(Proverbs 29:7)

These verses—and others like them—place a
tremendous responsibility upon us to have concern for the
needs of the poor. One mark of righteousness is considering
the cause of the poor. Conversely, a mark of wickedness is
simply averting one’s eyes from the plight of the poor.
Furthermore, a reward is promised in relation to caring for
the poor. When we give to the poor, Solomon told us, we
are lending to the Lord. When the Lord repays our loans,
He does not forget the interest!

Thank You, Jesus, for Your work on the cross. I
proclaim that I will have concern for the needs of the
poor, and that I will care for them, because Jesus
endured my poverty that I might share His
abundance. Amen.

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