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"What is desired in a man is kindness. . ." 

 
Proverbs 19:22

  Jesus once said, "The poor you have with you always." This is a true and faithful saying. We live in a world, and in a nation where many are in debt and are unable to meet the necessary expenses of life. Often poverty is the consequence of circumstances beyond the control of the poor and their poverty is not their fault; there is indeed a blameless poverty. However, poverty is often the consequence of personal sin. The Bible contains numerous warnings that sin has financial ramifications, such as in the story of the prodigal son. Sadly, it is not unusual that the sinner who is poor prefers to keep his sin even if it means keeping the poverty which the sin produces. People who are poor often seek help from others, and this is where our text comes in: "What is desired in a man is kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar." "What is desired in a man is kindness." When the poor seek assistance, they seek it from people of various financial conditions, from some who are not able to give, and from some who are able. When those who are not able to give are kind in their words and show affection and compassion to the poor, this is not to be despised. They give what they can; in this case, kindness. But when those who are prosperous profess to be unable, and instead of opening their wallet, only open their mouths with kind words and consolation, this is despicable. In their case, their words are insincere and false. Such a person lies regarding his inability, and he lies regarding his sympathy. What our text means is: The poor man who cannot contribute more than sincere kind words is better than the rich liar who will not contribute more than insincere kind words. For the majority of us, charitable giving requires a prioritizing, for there are countless people and agencies soliciting funds for themselves or for those in need. Kindness is always in order if it is sincere. Donating is often in order if it is possible. Refusing is sometimes in order if there is no repentance or if there are more pressing charitable needs in your prioritizing. But lying is never in order, "for a poor man is better than a liar."


 

   

   

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