Mistreating The Poor

If you mistreat the poor, you insult your Creator; if you are kind to them, you show him respect.

Proverbs 14:31

Can God be insulted? How often do you think he is insulted? An insult is a cold deliberate act of mistreating someone in action or dead. How can mistreating the less fortunate in our society bring disrespect to the Creator?

God created all of humanity. He knit together each person inside their mother’s womb. Each of us is wonderfully made. The poor and the rich; the good and the bad. When you mistreat someone who God has handmade you’ve disrespected that Creator.

The poor have a special place in God’s heart. He is especially protective of the poor and needy. Usually, it is due to oppression from systems and governments that make people poor and keep them there by oppression. Often, there is no way out.

You’ll find verse after verse in the Bible, both Old, and New Testaments, encouraging the poor. They call out to God in their distress and he hears. He protects the poor and he lifts them up. He loves them with tender love.

If you have children, imagine someone mistreating your child. How would you feel? Do you feel insulted? Imagine if they were kind to your child, how would you feel? Would you feel respected? This is how our heavenly Father feels for his children.

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