We should continue to remember the poor. Galatians 2:10
An atheist once asked a poorly dressed boy coming home from Sunday school what he had learned that morning. The boy replied, "God is love." He was asked: "If God is love, why didn't He tell someone to give you clothes and shoes?" After a few moments' pause the boy sadly replied: "I guess God told somebody, and somebody forgot."
Time and time again the Lord in His Word reminds Christians to have a heart for those in need, to look for opportunities to help others in His name and for His sake. He would have all of us remember--and true love is especially good at remembering--that every cup of water, and every piece of bread or clothing given to the poor in His name is given to Him. He reminds us that whoever loves God loves his brother also and that if we do not help those in actual need God's love is not in us. Our Lord told us about the Good Samaritan, but how little we have learned.
"Somebody forgot," said the boy. Do we always remember? What things await our remembering today? Perhaps if we loved others more, we would remember them more. It is the very nature of love not to forget.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, because You gave Your life to save us, teach us to remember the needy in their distress. Amen.
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