December 18

Proverbs 14:31

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him. 

Consciously or unconsciously many of mistreat those who are “not like us”. We see some one down the street begging for alms and we immediately judge their entire existence.  We see someone who is less fortunate and we say to ourselves, “I wonder what he or she got themselves involved in to turn out this way”. We see people and immediately look at them with our lens of judgment. What we must all realize is that God loves the man on the corner of the street begging for food just as much as He loves us. 

He loves them so dearly and it’s heart breaking for us to judge harshly and mistreat those in need. The fact that they don’t have what you have does not make them any less than you. If you humble yourself and put things in perspective you’ll realize that all that you have is some by grace and not by might. 

Our Lord cares for the poor, the oppressed, the abandoned and needy. He cares for them all. As people who are more fortunate than they it is an honor and a privilege that we have been given to be able to lend a helping hand to they that need it most. 

Tis the season of love. Let the unconditional and selfless love of Christ exude from your heart and give kindly and graciously to those in need. As you put in your request for all the gifts in this world, be a gift unto someone. Purpose in your heart and your mind that you will be a blessing even if it is unto a single soul. 

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