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He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy. (Proverbs 14:21)
Our God is a just God. He is righteous. Therefore whether a person is a believer or not, he maintains his righteousness within the bounds of his Word. The above promise speaks of blessings for those who are kind to the needy.
There are many who do good and help the poor and needy. Some of them build homes for the poor, open charitable institutions for orphans and the aged and run hospitals and care centers for the destitute. God rewards them while they live here on earth with things that he thinks is appropriate.
There are several verses in the Bible which speak of God rewarding those who are kind to the poor and needy. Several blessings are pronounced on them in the Word of God.
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. (Proverbs 22:9)
He who gives to the poor will lack nothing……(Proverbs 28:27)
Some people ask, “Why God himself doesn’t feed or help the poor”? That’s because he expects those to whom he has given much to give to them. And if we look at it from another angle, “What everyone has is all given by God.”
If everyone realizes that what they have is all a gift from God, then surely their outlook will be different.
God gave the Israelites a lot of blessings which are detailed in Deuteronomy 8. But he also warned them saying,
You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…… (Deuteronomy 8:18)
This wonderful verse from the book of Proverbs should sum it all up regarding what our attitude should be towards the poor and needy:
He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. (Proverbs 19:17)
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian