Friday, May 18, 2007

Compassion: Proverbs 19

"He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given." ~Proverbs 19:17

Who are we that we can 'lend' anything to God? This verse has always struck me as amazing. Its almost like if we have compassion for those less fortunate we are doing God a favour. But I think its more we are being used by God for this compassion & that God's way of thanking us is blessing us for showing compassion on those who need it.

I use the word compassion because I urge you to consider lending to the Lord and check out sites like Compassion Ministries at either or This is the organization we sponsor our boy from Tanzania, Vicktor. How precious are the children who need our help.

I will be on a teeny bit of a blog hiatus for a couple days as I am going away with a friend for the long weekend here in Canada. I will catch up a couple days of Proverbs as soon as I can upon my return.


  1. Prov.19;17 is my favourite verse too. And we 've experienced the more we give to the poor and needy the more God blesses us. Have a good restful weekend.

    The name of the Lord is a strong tower. often when tense I don 't know how to pray I just take the name of Jesus

  2. Have a wonderful time away!

    We sponsor a young boy in Mexico through Compassion Ministries.

    God is carving a compassion in me for the homeless, due to the situation our son is in. It's nice--in a way--to know that God uses the trials that we go through--to equip us to bless others.

  3. Hi Becky,
    Just visiting via Amrita's site.
    I like the way you have structured your posts around Proverbs.

  4. What a moving post. This really spoke to me. In the past week I have decided to go on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic to an orphanage. Everything is still in works but I think God has told me I will go. Thanks for your post.

  5. Have a great time. Thanks for all the wonderful posts. I have been reading every day even if I haven't commented.

  6. Glad you are having a nice long weekend

    We are getting ready to sponser a child in Malawi

    It is the least we can do KWIM

  7. Have a great trip.

    We support a little boy named Metsivile Terhuja in Mysore, India through Christian Missionary Fellowhip :)

    God is so good...

  8. Thanks for all the comments everyone. I'm so happy that many of you already are sponsoring a child.

    Amrita - it is true that we receive blessings in return for those we give.

    Sharon - though difficult, God is using your compassion to understand what is going on in your own life.

    Thanks for the visit John.

    Janice - I can't wait to hear more about this decision!! How exciting!

    Thanks for the encouragement LGS

    Sunny Susan - that's amazing. I soo loved the people of Malawi. It was the friendliest happiest country I'd ever been.

    Great Susan - do you get to write to him? Have you received letters back! My MIL & niece sponsor a girl from India also!