Proverbs 14: King James Bible
Mercy and Truth – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verses 20-22
20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbor: but the rich hath many friends. 21 He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. 22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Mercy and Truth
The joy that comes from having mercy on the poor, is a truth that needs to be experienced, rather than trying to explain how it works. Giving something of yours to give relief to the less fortunate, stirs you up inside.
It’s almost as if, there’s a burden in your heart that is lifted as you’ve lightened someone else’s load. It is good to do for both parties involved. The giver and the receiver. The scripture is true, that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
The poor are despised by their neighbor. They really are. I’ve seen it, and have been on the receiving end of it. Having been on both sides of the issue, I can understand why it is a sin to hate or despise the poor.
Bitterness, hate, being prudish, disgust, haughtiness, all can stem from someone looking down their nose at the poor. By the way, I’d like to add that the same is true toward the rich. If someone is poor and bitter about it, and decides that all rich people are the devil, that’s just as wrong.
No way at all whatsoever, is it okay with the Father, to like or dislike anyone for what they have, or don’t have. You don’t have one single clue what’s going on in the heart of the poor family down the street, any more than you have a clue what’s going on in the heart of a wealthy family living up the street.
And you never will, when you either hate, feel bitter, prudish, disgusted, or haughty, toward them. Same thing for both sides of the socioeconomic coin. The rich despise their poor neighbor, while the poor neighbor might be jealous, or covetous toward the rich. Both directions have the same sin potential.
The truth can be found through mercy. You can see someone’s heart when you’ve blessed them. You’re more likely to gain an understanding about them, and in most cases, will find yourself surprised at when you learn. In the end, you may just find yourself blessed in some way, shape, or form.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 9: King James Bible
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 6: King James Bible
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Hebrews 8: King James Bible
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Matthew 12: King James Bible
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
Romans 11: King James Bible
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Thank you for all that you’ve done, and for being merciful toward we who never deserved such kindness from you. Help us Father, to be more like you. Tenderhearted and merciful toward all that need mercy, helpful toward all who may need help, kind where kindness is found wanting, and longsuffering should it be necessary to deliver a blessing toward someone. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed, that it’s a whole lot easier to mock or scoff toward people, than it is to deal with people in mercy and truth?