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Attitudes Toward the Poor. Compassion. Proverbs 22:1 & 2. “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.”. Compassion. Proverbs 22:7-9.

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Attitudes toward the poor

Attitudes Toward the Poor


Proverbs 22 1 2

Proverbs 22:1 & 2

  • “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.”


Proverbs 22 7 9

Proverbs 22:7-9

  • “7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed. 9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” (NIV)


Proverbs 22 22 23

Proverbs 22:22-23

  • “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.”


James 2 1 17

James 2:1-17


Definition of the poor

Definition of the Poor:

  • Someone who is struggling to meet the minimum needs of life: Food, clothing, health care, and shelter

  • Webster: Having little or no money, goods, or other means of support.




  • “Does this include everyone who makes a request for help?”

  • “Am I obligated to help everyone who squanders their opportunities or mismanages their life?”


True poverty

True Poverty

  • Third World People

  • Homeless




  • Long life and limited resources can make a person needy.

  • Poor health can make us needy.

  • One family here spends $12,000 a year on medicine.


Wrong attitudes toward the poor

Wrong Attitudes Toward the Poor

  • Take advantage of them.

  • Look down on them.

  • Blame them.

  • Coddle them? - No

  • Help them? - Yes


Work to eat

Work To Eat

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

  • Lev 23:22 By gleaning in the fields, even the poor had to go out and pick up what was left.


Right attitudes toward the poor

Right Attitudes Toward the Poor.

  • Love and help them—Jesus did!

  • Treat them as human equals with dignity and respect.

  • Leave some of our prosperity to them: “Leave the corners of the field.”


How can we treat the poor properly

How Can We Treat The Poor Properly?


Don t oppress the poor

Don’t Oppress The Poor:

  • Be honest in your dealings.


Daily interactions

Daily Interactions.

  • Treat every person with dignity.


Our priorities

Our Priorities.

  • Share with others.


Working for justice

Working for Justice

  • Fair Laws and Programs.

  • Balance giving help and getting them to help themselves.


Help people help themselves

Help People Help Themselves

  • “Teach Them to Fish.”


Teaching some of the cardinal virtues of christianity

Teaching Some of the Cardinal Virtues of Christianity

  • Accountability.

  • Self-control.

  • Dependability.

  • Deferred gratification

  • Honesty.

  • Hard work.


Sharing with the needy

Sharing With the Needy.

  • Missions.

  • Local Benevolence Programs.

  • The Church Pantry.

  • Individual Actions.




  • “At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God‑fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” Acts 10




  • “3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” 4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.”




  • The Story of the King and the Beggar.


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