The Lord is my Shepherd

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm 23 (KJV)

Share

“Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

– Luke 3:11

And anyone who has two rolls of toilet paper… 😉

Keep Warm and Well Fed

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace: keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

– James 2:16

And I would add: Or just says, “I’ll pray for you. Take care.” when it is fully within one’s reasonable capability to do more. And then forgets to even pray…

Desire Equality

Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered too much did not have too much, and the one who gathered too little did not have too little.”

– 2 Corinthians 8:13-15

and to back up a little…

And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager wilingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

– 2 Corinthians 8:10-12

The instruction here seems to be: When you see a fellow believer in need, and you have some extra to give and the willingness to do so – even if it’s not much – go ahead and give what you can.

Joy Instead of Fear

You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

– Hebrews 12:18-24