April 23, Generosity

Today’s reading: Psalms 111-115

“Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. . . . They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor” - Psalm 112:5, 9.

God loves a generous person. The Bible is full of exhortations to be generous, reminding you how God rewards those who remember the poor. That assumes you know who the poor are, are in touch with their needs, and have the willingness to help. If you have time, do a search of the word poor in the book of Proverbs and you will see for yourself some of God’s promises for the generous person. A few of my favorites are: “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17) and “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses” (Proverbs 28:27). Do you know any poor in your country or another? What do you do to help the poor? How can you increase your awareness of the needs of the poor and then increase your level of assistance?