Dr. Sam Martin
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan
Today I came across a site that listed 364 quotes about helping others and there was certainly much to think about but, surely our source of inspiration is the Word of God, the Bible! Daily as I face the challenges of helping poor children, I turn to the scriptures and in this week’s Blog, I want to let the scriptures speak. Please read, listen and open your heart to what God says and then pray: ‘Lord Use me!’
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by 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 welcomed me, 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? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? ...Scriptures: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Apr 30, 2017. Publisher: OpenBible.info.