An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Poor Example

(Proverbs 18:23 KJV)  The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

Is this good or bad?  Is one being praised?  The Bible is full of concern for the “poor” (7326) and warnings for the “rich” (6223).  At the same time it tells us
(Acts 10:34 KJV)  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
God is not going to judge us on our bank balance or lack of bank balance.  He will judge us on how we treat each other.  The reason rich and poor are brought up as examples so often is that we tend to respond to our bank balances and judge each other that way.  How often have you seen people sought out for their opinions because they drive fancy cars or never seem to shop the sales.  This is not just a hangup of the wealthy.  I can remember my classes full of students receiving free lunches and living in subsidized housing who would laugh at me when I said I shopped at thrift stores.

So?  Humility and righteousness are usually expressed through the polite answer and turned cheek. Even if we are not financially poor we should be poor in spirit. 

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