If there is a poor man among your brothers...do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.
Chuck and Vicki and their two children lost everything they owned in a house
fire. Vicki was nine months pregnant and her husband and their son were both
dealing with serious health problems.
When they took their three children to move into a used trailer, they melted
into tears. The sellers had stripped the trailer of everything.
The Church has an obligation to take care of the poor and the needy. The Bible
is full of verses instructing us to help those who have nothing. Proverbs
28:27 says, “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his
eyes to them receives many curses.” Jesus instructed also His followers to
“love your neighbor as yourself ” (Mark 12:30-31).
When you follow the commands of the Lord, you help to expand His kingdom here on
earth. Chuck and Vicki know the love of God in a real and powerful way because
the Church followed God’s Word and helped them in their time of need.
- Job 30:25
- Isaiah 25:4
- Psalms 33:20-22