Compassion

Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. (Psalm 41:1)

What an interesting promise from the Lord.  He’s not promising to keep us from experiencing trouble. God is promising that He will deliver us in a time of trouble. What’s the prerequisite for this wonderful promise? Simple compassion.

Do you take time to think about those who are poor?  Or do you brush them off as nuisances or lazy slackers who are just out to take some of your hard-earned money?

Jesus said, Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38) Jesus was saying you’ll get what you give.

God told the Israelites, “You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 22:21) God was saying that we’re no different from the “stranger”.

I know that at times my heart can get quite calloused towards others.  What I fail to realize is that my own callousness backfires and the one that’s really hurt is me.  I receive less from God because I’m giving less to others.  Give that opening verse another look.  Interested in what God promises?  Consider others.