Proverbs 19: King James Bible
Pity Upon the Poor – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verse 17
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Pity Upon the Poor
I have heard this verse used in the past, and it is always in reference to money. Yes, money is an enormous relief for those of us who are poor, And what the Father says above is clear.
But having pity upon the poor is something that goes much deeper than signing a check, or making donations. Pity is an action, that is the result of a condition of the heart we call charity. Paul says himself (going to paraphrase), that he could give to the poor and tithe all the live long day, yet if he doesn’t have charity, he’s got nothing.
In fact, without harboring a charitable heart, I don’t think that it’s possible to pity the needy or the poor in a Biblical sense. For example, some might show mercy to the poor, because they don’t think it’s right not to. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, but is that showing a charitable heart?
There’s a difference between genuine care for others, and catering to how you’re going to feel doing one thing or the other. Having pity upon the poor has nothing to do with how you will feel if you do or don’t help someone. But your intentions behind helping someone out is where the truth will be found. See what I mean?
The best show of pity that I can think of, is the story Jesus tells us about the good Samaritan. I’ll include the scripture below. But the good Samaritan didn’t just give the beaten man a couple of bucks and an old garment just to help him out a little.
But instead, he went above and beyond what anyone else was about to do for the man, including making sure all of this person’s needs were met, to the best of his ability. How he felt about what he was doing was irrelevant, but his desire was clear. To help this man in a meaningful way, keeping him free from the roadside oppressors till he could get back on his feet.
His heart was right before the Father. He showed legitimate pity on the man, and was charitable with his time and resources. He didn’t do it because nobody else would. He didn’t help the man, so that people would know how much help he was.
He harbored a charitable heart, which caused for him to show pity, making a difference in that person’s life. Just in that piece of scripture, there were several different methods used to show pity upon that man.
Aside from the examples given in scripture, there are dozens of different ways these days, that we can show pity upon the poor, and lend unto the Lord. But pray to the Father, to guide you as to what it is that you should do for whoever he may place upon your heart.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 10: King James Bible
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
1 Corinthians 13: King James Bible
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Should you will for us to give aid in anything at all, lead us to help in the way, and by the means, you’ve intended for us to do so. Please make it clear to all of us Father, so that we do things according to your will, and with a glad heart. Fill our hearts with your love and charity, that we may be children of the Most High God, in word and also in deed. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Are you moved to show genuine pity upon the poor?