COU Kisiizi Hosp. 27/12/19

Who is poor?

Galatians 6:10

10 Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

1 John 3:17

17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?

Matthew 25:34-40

…….‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

The poor because of laziness, disobedience, moral/spiritual degrade, foolishness. Don’t feed their mistakes, show them the way.

  • Proverbs 20:13 – “Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare”.
  • Proverbs 28:19 – “The one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty”.
  • Proverbs 23:2 – “Drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags”.

The poor because of disease, disabilities, famine, or other catastrophes. Show Compassion.

Natural evil is not directly caused by a person’s own actions or another person’s actions against them. Rather, this type of evil is a part of the fallen created order and, as such, involves material forces beyond human control. Natural evil can lead to poverty when it causes

  • A loss of material goods,
  • The death of a family provider – 1 Timothy 5 “Widows that need help”
  • Disease or physical infirmity that prevents a person from labour and production
    • Mark 5:25–26 – Woman with Bleeding issue
    • Luke 18:35 – Blind beggar that received sight from Jesus

The poor because of exploitation, oppression, isolation and injustice. Find them Justice.

  • Proverbs 19:4 – “Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friend deserts him.”
  • Proverbs 13:23 – “A poor man’s field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away.”
  • Job 24:9 – “The infant of the poor is seized for a debt”.
  • Safeguarding policy @ Kisiizi

The poor for righteousness’ sake. Support where you can.

  • Missionaries – Friends of Kisiizi/ Kisiizi Partners.

A. W. Tozer:

A real Christian is an odd number, anyway.

He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen;

talks familiarly every day to someone he cannot see;

expects to go to heaven on the virtue of another;

empties himself in order to be full;

admits he is wrong so he can be declared right;

goes down in order to get up;

is strongest when he is weakest;

richest when he is poorest;

happiest when he feels the worst.

He dies so he can live;

forsakes in order to have;

gives away so he can keep;

sees the invisible;

hears the inaudible;

and knows that which passeth knowledge.

—A. W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous (Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1955), 156.

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