Caring For The Poor In Material Needs And Caring For The Poor In Spirit
Today’s old testament passage comes with commands and a promise. The task is caring for the poor. Caring for the poor is of utmost importance to God. God works through us. We are to be God’s hands on Earth. We can make the decision to be the difference we want to see in the world.
The promise is that God will answer our prayers as a thank you for caring for the poor. God will heal us. He will comfort our souls. God promises to be there for us. One way we can help is by providing clothes for the poor. How many clothing items do we have that we do not need any longer?
How can we show a caring spirit? Can we donate used clothes or cans of food to a homeless shelter? Every year the Knight’s of Columbus run a drive where they collect used jackets for the poor. Can we take part in that campaign? A caring person does these things and more.
Another item God commands us to do is to not lie or gossip about others. Is it hard for us to hold our tongue? A rubber band around your wrist that we snap when we feel the need to talk could help. This can be considered caring for the poor in spirit.
Remember the promises for keeping these commands. God promises to raise our spirit. He promises to keep us positive and on the right path. Bless others for God and let God bless us. Because of our caring and giving attitude, we will not be poor ourselves. The promise is that God will answer our prayers as a thank you for helping God to answer the prayers of others.
Speaking To The Poor In Mind
Today’s New Testament reading is from Paul in a letter to the Corinthians. Here he discusses the messaged he delivered to them. Paul didn’t deliver it through fancy or persuasive speech but through the power of the Spirit.
Perhaps you have heard of the expression: show and don’t tell. We don’t need to preach to people. We can show the power of the Spirit by caring for the poor. When people see us out there helping, they will know we serve a God that cares.
Being a Beacon While We Are Caring To The Poor
Jesus tells us to be the good that is in the world. We are to do kind things for people. We are to be there for people in need. We should live with honor.
We are not to do things in secret. This doesn’t mean to brag of the good things we do. Because we are not the source of goodness. We should let people know that goodness comes from God. When you do good for someone let them know you do it in the name of the Lord.
IS 58:7-10Daily Readings
PS 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 COR 2:1-5