“He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given” (Proverbs 19:17 NKJV).


This is an astounding proverb! God willingly makes Himself a debtor to the one who shows pity on the poor, giving to them. Someone may hesitate to give to a poor person, but who would not lend to the Lord? Surely the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills is good for it.
Remember the words of Jesus? He said, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matt. 25:35-36).
And when the righteous asked when they had done these things for Him, He answered, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:40).
Do you have a heart of compassion for those in need? And not only a heart, but hands ready to give?
PRAYER: Dear Father, You are amazing to us that You would take on our debt. For we were impoverished under a debt of sin, but You sent Jesus to redeem us and pay our sin debt in full. He cried from the cross, “It is finished!” Which means paid in full! Thank you, Lord! Now help us to show compassion and generosity to others as Your adopted children. In Jesus’ name, amen.