“Whoever Is Kind” ( Proverbs 14: 21, 31; NIV ) by Carley Evans

“Blessed is he who is kind to the needy.”

“He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”

Jesus speaks of the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. To the sheep, He says:

“Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.” (Matthew 25:34-36)

“I tell you the truth, whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you do for Me.” (Matthew 25:40)

What a frightening thought: to show contempt for the Maker of the poor, the “least of these brothers of [Jesus].” When we are given what matches our abilities, we are then expected to use those resources to show kindness to the needy, to those who have less than we do.

I find these scriptures very convicting this morning, as I approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, some churches, some grocery stores are sending out pleas for money.

Perhaps you have money as the resource God has provided to you; or perhaps you have time. Maybe you have both money and time. Consider giving generously this year to those who are needy. Remember as you give to the poor, you give to Jesus.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. gmgoetz says:

    Very well written Carley. That is my heart exactly. We are to offer food, drink, clothing and shelter to those in need, as giving to Jesus.

    1. lambskinny says:

      Amen, GM. I stand convicted by my own words. My mother volunteers at a church in NYC almost every Thanksgiving. I doubt she thinks of this action as being for Jesus, but it is. God bless her and those who are like her. Thanks again, Carley

  2. lambskinny says:

    Thanks for the 5-stars, GMGoetz. God bless! Carley

  3. SPTP2011 says:

    Thank you for the gentle reminder
    We are so blessed and it is a good reminder to pass blessing on!
    Prayers for your day

    1. lambskinny says:

      You’re so welcome, Susie! Thanks for reading and commenting! You know I appreciate you. God’s blessings, Carley

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Drusilla and Patricia. Carley

  5. lambskinny says:

    Thank you so much, Lady Deidre. God bless. Carley

  6. lambskinny says:

    Good morning, Michael. Thanks!

  7. lambskinny says:

    God bless you, Jeffrey. Thanks. Carley

  8. lambskinny says:

    God bless, Jeff. Thanks much, Carley

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