THEME: HARDNESS OF HEARTS
“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.”
-The Lord fulfilled His promise by granting possession of the promised land to the Israelites. Since the Lord richly blessed them, He commanded generosity and kindness to be extended to the poor (Deuteronomy 15:4). James 2:15-17 reveals that, if a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, we should be willing to provide the things which they need and not dismiss them saying, “depart in peace, be warm and filled”. By doing this we put our faith to work because we are the blessed of the Lord, and we will receive our reward. If we harden our hearts to the poor and needy, the love of God does not abide in us (1 John 3:16-17).
Abba Father we thank You and bless Your holy name. How great are You Lord our God in all the earth. You have been good to us, we thank You and praise Your holy name. You have blessed us and preserved us, we worship You. May You teach us to put our faith into action. May You grant us generous hearts dear Jesus that we serve You as we minister to the poor in the society. May Your love be ever present in our hearts, that it may radiate to many among us including the poor, orphans and widows. Fill us with Your love Holy Spirit that we may love You and our neighbors as ourselves. May the love of Christ foundation reach many children living in the streets for the glory of Your name. Help us to serve You with contrite hearts, fully submitted to You dear Jesus. Increase our faith in You, we humbly ask You. Minister unto us in our homes, relationships, marriages, society, government, and ministries, we humbly implore You Lord. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: Matthew 25:31-46
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