Commands of Christ: 62

Be generous to the poor.

Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.  You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?  But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you. Luke 11:39-41

This command is reminiscent of the Law and the Prophets in the Old Testament.  God continually shows concern for the poor, the needy, the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised.  He commands His people to care for them.  This is not to earn favor with God by our pious actions.  It is to honor Him and demonstrate our love for Him and others, displaying His character and His nature in our daily conduct and generosity and concern.

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