Proverbs 14:21-23 (ESV)

21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,

but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?

Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.

Every single human bears the image of God and is important to him. Those who reject and despise the unfortunate around them, withholding mercy, kindness, and even generosity when it is in their power to help, displease the Lord. But God is with the woman who is gracious toward the oppressed. Those who walk on the path of wisdom, doing good to others and obeying the Lord, will be blessed. Those who seek to harm the hurting around them cannot continue along the path of the wise. Do you look down upon or try to distance yourself from the people around you who are poor, unattractive, or just less desirable? Remember, God cares about all of humanity. Make sure you treat every person you encounter with dignity and respect, speaking truth to them in love. May each soul you cross paths with today feel as though in spending time with you, she spent time with Jesus.

  • Tina Middleton June 8, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Love this. Thank you, Stephanie ♡

    • Stephanie July 25, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Thankful for you Tina! <3

  • Cheri Altman June 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

    When I greet my loved ones with happiness, excitement, interest, and love, the message I am sending is: You are loved. Today I’ve decided that showing my family I’m happy to see them is important to me. I vow to let go of my distractions long enough to create a sun delay, which means: no matter what I am in the middle of doing, no matter how inconvenient it is to look up, no matter how busy I think I am, when my loved ones or others walk into the room or return after a separation, my world is going to stop for a moment so love from me can shine in their eyes and hearts.

    • Stephanie July 25, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Great application Cheri. Thank you for sharing. <3