Meditation

06/16/2020

If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender, charge him no interest. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset, because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear for I am compassionate. (Exodus 22:25-27)

The People of God are to show compassion toward those who find it necessary to borrow money. Nothing is to be taken and kept as collateral that the person needs for his or her well-being.

God is compassionate and hears the cries of the needy. He expects us to be just as compassionate. Therefore, we should alleviate poverty, not cause it!

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Jesus told us we would always have the poor with us, but that does not mean they are bad people. In most cases, they are good people who do not have advantages that many of us enjoy. It is incumbent upon us, to provide or to seek provision for them. We are to be as compassionate as Jesus was and how You, Abba, always have been. Help us to be aware of the needs of others at all times, and then help us to be motivated to help then. In Jesus’ name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

On Judgment Day you’ll meet Father God—-not Mother Earth!

KNOWING GOD:

The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and the leaders of his people: ‘It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of he poor?’ declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty. (Isaiah3:14-15)

The people of God have been guilty of injustice and cruelty many times in their treatment of the poor. God confronts leaders of His people with their guilt and pronounces His judgment against them. The people of God today are not free from such guilt.

We need to ear God’s judgment on our behavior. The pulpits of today should allow no one to feel comfortable in their mistreatment’s of the poor. Christians need to be challenged to provide loving care that is appropriate for followers of Christ.

I AM:

“’Does it make you a king, to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so al went well. Is that what what it means to know me?’ declares the Lord. ‘But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion.’” (Jeremiah22:15-17)

To know the Lord is to defend the poor and needy and treat them justly. God’s blessing rests upon those whose lies are characterized by such service. People in today’s times need the power and the blessing that come from knowing the Lord. To know God means to love Him supremely. That means to serve needy people with loving concern. Clear?

Second Thought of the Day:

“My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t who favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also come sin. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of he world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? Bu you have insulted the poor. Is I not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” (James 2:1-9)

Beloved, as Christian we are to not show partiality. Favoritism in relating to others is sin. It breaks the law of neighbor love, which James called the “royal law.”

James focused on the tendency to be partial toward the rich. Such favoritism results in being manipulated by the rich and also insults the poor. Churches today may reveal a need for the word from James.

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