Monday, January 22, 2007

Christian Liberality

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in
time of trouble. (Psalm 41:1)

To think about the poor and let them lie on our hearts is a Christian
man's duty; for Jesus put them with us and near us when He said, "The
poor ye have always with you."

Many give their money to the poor in a hurry, without thought; and many
more give nothing at all. This precious promise belongs to those who
"consider" the poor, look into their case, devise plans for their
benefit, and considerately carry them out. We can do more by care than by
cash, and most with two together. To those who consider the poor, the Lord
promises His own consideration in times of distress. He will bring us
out of trouble if we help others when they are in trouble. We shall
receive very singular providential help if the Lord sees that we try to
provide for others. We shall have a time of trouble, however generous we
may be; but if we are charitable, we may put in a claim for peculiar
deliverance, and the Lord will not deny His own word and bond. Miserly
curmudgeons may help themselves, but considerate and generous believers
the Lord will help. As you have done unto others, so will the Lord do
unto you. Empty your pockets.

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