Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 14 P.174 – Mercy and Truth

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

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?

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2 thoughts on “Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 14 P.174 – Mercy and Truth”

  1. Hi Brian,
    Today’s scripture is one I think we Christians need to hear frequently. In today’s society we slip into the world’s thinking of the poor in one big sweep. They are individuals with each a story of their own. Not all are free loaders as some would think.
    I was blest to be raised by parents who knew needs as very young people. My Father helped support his widowed mother & five younger sbylings at the age of 16, giving every penny to her but 50 cent until the day he married at the age of 23. His sbylings were able by then to help.
    Then the Lord gave me a husband who knew need from the time he was born until he left home for the service.
    As he & I learned in different ways from our parents we opened our home to others. We also learned through them & the word of God how to discern the need from the want of a person.
    I was conned last summer by a couple. I remembered what my husband said. ” If you give money & a meal to someone in good faith & they squander it, you have served the Lord as you felt you were to do. They are responsible to God for how they treated you. Perhaps the Lord was testing me on how well I would forgive. He has so much to teach us & I love how this scripture is reminds us to stay on course. Thanks aga in Brian & God bless

    • Hi Janet,
      Thank you for your comment! You and your husband are right on concerning what you said about serving the Lord. It’s not in your power to make someone respond in one way or the other, that’s on them. The Lord sees what you do, and examines the purpose in your heart to please him by doing this or that. He was right in what he said. And perhaps you are right with your conclusion. It very well could be, that your reaction was being observed as closely as your initial actions. Either way, you blessed them.

      Thanks again for your comment, you’re a blessing & may the Father bless you in all that you do, in Jesus name.
      In Christ,


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