The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.
The glory of kings is to search out a matter.
For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your Blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.
'What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like' (Augustine).
'A church that does not exist to take the side of the poor, to denounce injustice and to hold up righteousness, is a church that has no right to be. Not for yourself, O church, do you exist, any more than Christ existed for Himself' (Charles Spurgeon).
'I would rather go into the kingdom of heaven through the poor house than go down to hell in a golden chariot' (D.L. Moody).
'As a fresh start, the church should give away all her endowments to the poor and needy' (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).
'Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals; nay it is treachery to comrades' (G.K. Chesterton).
'The words which all of us shall one Day hear sound not of theology but of life, not of churches and saints, but of the hungry and the poor, not of creeds and doctrines, but of shelter and clothing, not of Bibles and prayer-books, but of cups of cold water in the Name of Christ' (Henry Drummond).
'A lowly spirit is demonstrated when one associates with the poor. It is this spirit alone which does not despise any who are created by God. God's presence and glory is manifested in the life of the spiritually humble' (Watchman Nee).
'The pleasures of the rich are bought with the tears of the poor' (Thomas Fuller).
'Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor' (Thomas Jefferson).*
'No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for 'The least of these' ' (Dr. Martin Luther King).
To Be Continued...
* Perhaps Thomas Jefferson did not know that a few animals eat their own kind, but his point is still justly aimed: http://theweek.com/articles/464891/7-animals-that-eat-kind
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.