Proverbs 19:17 He who is gracious and lends a hand to the poor lends to the Lord, And the Lord will repay him for his good deed.
So last year I started looking at the Bible in a different way.
I have been reading the Bible since I could read. I have read through the Bible, from beginning to end. So I know what’s in there.
Last year I started asking myself, what’s not in there?
The last lesson I learned from asking myself this question – “Perform a background check on a person before giving them food.” is not a proverb.
“Only show the love of Christ if you are sure you are not being taken advantage of.” is not a proverb.
“If you give someone money, and they buy drugs with it, you lose your blessing.” Is not a proverb.
“Go and tell people about the gospel except if they live in a bad neighborhood.” is not in the New Testament.
“Make sure the one you are giving to is truly poor.” is not a proverb.
So basically, if it’s not in there I need to think about it. Because “love your neighbor as yourself” is in there. Giving to the poor is mentioned several times, as is not being a gossip. Most of us know that. But today I would encourage you to think about what’s not in there.