“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
by: Jasmine Lynch.
We need to follow God’s command to help the poor and needy in our churches. The coronavirus has left a lot of people homeless and without a job. We should have such a heart and close relationship that we naturally see the needs of our brethren. Each church should have a program in place to help those who are in need. It is a command from God. We are commanded to do so cheerfully with our hands open wide—meaning generously. For this, the “Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand” (v.10, NKJV).