Kind to the Needy
Read Proverbs 14:31
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
In the passage we read yesterday, we learned the mystery that when we act to meet the needs of those who are suffering in some way, we are serving Jesus Himself: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). Today’s passage from Proverbs says something similar. Our kindness to people in need honors God. After all, every human being was made in the image of God and so to honor others by showing them kindness and acting to meet their needs is to recognize the truth of who they are.
- What would it look like for you to be kind to the needy this week? What would kindness look like over a more extended period of time?
- Reflect on a time recently in which you felt disrespect or even contempt toward a person in poverty. What do you think was underlying that feeling?
- As you get dressed today, say a prayer for those in the world who have a need that they are unable to meet. To make your prayer more specific, pick a country or location where poverty is prevalent and pray specifically for the children in that place.
Father, I want to be kind and compassionate. I want to see others the way You do, with eyes of love. But how often I see others through a judgmental lens, thinking less-than-kind thoughts! Forgive me. Soften my heart, fill me with empathy, and help me to be kind, particularly to those who are struggling. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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