A Heart for the Poor


(Meditating on Psalm 41)

One path to blessedness is to have a heart for the poor. The poor who is in need of food and clothing, or the poor in spirit who is in need of God’s love and deliverance, or the poor in health and strength who is in need of healing. And this path is really the path of genuine love. And the love that truly blesses is a love like Christ’s. Isn’t this exactly what the Lord was talking about in Matthew 25:34-40?

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked and preach the Gospel to them for this is really what makes rich and fills and satiates. Visit the bound and destitute in prison and preach the Gospel of salvation to them for this is what really liberates. Visit the sick and the suffering, pray for them, read to them the Word of God, hold their hands and whisper words that give hope and encouragement and healing. This is all love in action. This is the proof of our faith to the living God who loves and saves and heals – faith that expresses itself through love (Gal. 5:6). This is the only thing that counts.

Faith expressing and proving itself through love. This is the path of gold that ushers in God’s wonderful [great, extraordinary, amazing, astounding, staggering, tremendous!] blessings. 

May this be our path, our life, our ministry, as we cry out to God to gift us a love that is like Christ’s, for this is the kind of love that matters in His sight.

Blessed is he who considers the poor;
The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,
And he will be blessed on the earth;
You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness;
You will sustain him on his sickbed. (Ps. 41:1-3)

Related post: Beautiful Feet: What Love Really Means

Linked to Proverbs 31 Thursday, Women Living Well, Walk With Him Wednesday, Brag on God Friday, Spiritual Sundays, Sharing His Beauty, Titus 2sday, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Raising Homemakers, Women in the Word Wednesday

4 comments on “A Heart for the Poor

  1. patsy says:

    Hi Rina, I have a difficult time deciding what to do with street children- whether to give them money or not. It’s better when i have a chance to buy them food, but when they beg and you’re in a car, I always think if I give them money then I’m just helping them to continue to beg. My husband prefers to talk to them and just yesterday he spent a long time talking to a street kid. He says it validates them. He gets to know a lot of them that way, and he remembers them, and tells me that this woman who used to be a kid when he started talking to her has kids of her own already, etc. :^) Patsy from HeARTworks

  2. Renee says:

    Lovely post Rina. A good remiinder for all of us. Helping the poor and the poor in spirit….either way it is accomplished with love.

  3. Joan says:

    We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus…As we reach out in love, His light will shine!

  4. Charlotte says:

    We need to remember how important these things are to Christ. And remember when we do it for the “lease of these”, we do it to Him.

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