Proverbs 19:17 The Message
17 Mercy to the needy is a loan to God,
and God pays back those loans in full.
When I look a the meaning behind this proverb I realise what a powerful statement it is.
In order to become true Christians we do need to show mercy on the poor, and God will pay us back in full
There are many ways that we can do this, we can attend to the needs of the poor in countries not so well off as our own.
Many Cities and large towns will have soup runs run by some sort of organisation for the down and outs in our towns and cities.
Also for those families who can’t afford to go to the big supermarkets many churches or organisations run ‘Food banks’ for those on a low income
We mustn’t forget the money that gets raised by the various churches and organisations to be distributed both in the UK and overseas.
On the lead up to Christmas some churches have a shoe box appeal for the less fortunate children overseas who wouldn’t normally be recieving a Christmas present