“If you refuse to listen to the cry of the poor, your own cry for help will not be heard.”
Proverbs 21:13 GNB
The cries of the poor can be heard all around the world. But if you take a closer look in your own community, you will see that those same cries for help are coming from your back yard.
On most street corners and in every city square, the poor can be found begging for food, work or money. And if you take the time to engage with and hear their story, you will discover that the vast majority of them don’t want to be in that situation. These are folks that will do whatever they have to do in order to survive another day.
Some of us are moved by compassion to help the less fortunate by giving them food or money. While others are annoyed and disgusted by their very presence, and the idea of giving these people their hard earned money or goods is appalling to say the least.
We live in a society that seems to value human life less-and-less. Instead of looking at poor people as fellow human beings that are down on their luck, we view them as a blemish on the canvas of our society. We would rather turn the other way, rather than do something to ease the pain and suffering that exists all around us. God help us!
We are better than that! If we are not careful, we run the risk of the same thing happening to us. There are no guarantees in life. We could be doing well one day and then the next day be down on our luck. What then? Well, according to the Bible, we will meet the same fate.
“Speak and act as people who will be judged by the law that sets us free. For God will not show mercy when he judges the person who has not been merciful; but mercy triumphs over judgement.”
James 2:12-13 GNB
In other words, if we ignore the cries of the poor and refuse to help them, then our cries for help will be ignored when we are in need.
The solution is simple: HELP HURTING PEOPLE! The world will be a much better place if and when you do.
Anger benefits no one! It never produced anything good. I caused division among people, and if left unchecked, it can wreck relationships.
Words can be used for good or evil. They can build a person up or tear a person down. And they always have a lasting affect.
Words have the power to shape someone’s life. That is why we must think before we speak. One word or phrase can be the difference between possible and impossible; success and failure; hope and hopelessness.
I remember Junior High School like it was yesterday. I remember two teachers so specifically because of the impact they both had on my life. “Mr. D” was a sixth grade teacher and “Mrs. L” was a seventh grade teacher. They both told me the same thing: “Ruben, you will never succeed in life! You will never amount to anything.”
Something happened on the inside of me. I felt like a complete loser. I felt stupid. I felt worthless. I decided at that moment that no matter what I did or how hard I tried, I was never going to succeed, so why bother trying. After all, if my teachers saw failure in me, why would I think that I had any potential? I just gave up. Throughout my eight grade year, I rebelled. I ended up quitting school two weeks before Continuation. I didn’t attend or graduate High School because I didn’t believe I could.
Words matter! Use them wisely. Think before you speak because the words that you use can and will have a lasting impact.
PRAYER: LORD, guard my heart and my tongue. Help me to choose my words carefully. Help me to think before I speak, so that I won’t bring harm to or damage anyone. Let my words be life-giving. Let my words bring blessings and not curses. Let my words have a positive impact on the lives of others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
The wisdom of man can be found in a variety of places: Horoscope, Dear Abby, Social Media, etc. People always have something to say about a subject, and if you are willing to listen, they are more than happy to share. But just because advice is so readily available, doesn’t mean that it is always right or good.
You can identify the wisdom of man by its content, tone, manner and intent. Nine times out of ten, it is self-centered and self-serving.
The wisdom of God, on the other hand, can be found in one place – the Bible – the written Word of God. The Bible is filled with good, solid and godly advice that is beneficial for yourself and for others.
“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17 NLT
Unlike the wisdom of man, the wisdom of God is marked by mercy and grace; gentleness and kindness; good and not evil, and is always others-focused.
If you want to be helpful to others and not harmful, then always be mindful of what you say and how you say it. Your words have the power to point people in the right direction or lead them astray.
PRAYER: LORD, help me to use my words carefully. Let them be helpful to others and not harmful. Let them be spoken in love and not hate. Let them bring unity and not discord. And regardless of the situation or circumstance, let my words offer healing and hope to those in need. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.