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Attitudes Toward the Poor:

TSTEED Attitudes Toward the Poor Compassion

Proverbs 22:1 & 2 :

TSTEED Proverbs 22:1 & 2 “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.” Compassion

Proverbs 22:7-9:

TSTEED Proverbs 22:7-9 “7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed. 9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” (NIV) Compassion

Proverbs 22:22-23:

TSTEED Proverbs 22:22-23 “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.” Compassion

James 2:1-17:

TSTEED James 2:1-17 Compassion

Definition of the Poor::

TSTEED Definition of the Poor: Someone who is struggling to meet the minimum needs of life: Food, clothing, health care, and shelter Webster: Having little or no money, goods, or other means of support. Compassion


TSTEED Discernment “Does this include everyone who makes a request for help?” “Am I obligated to help everyone who squanders their opportunities or mismanages their life?” Compassion

True Poverty:

TSTEED True Poverty Third World People Homeless Compassion


TSTEED Observations Long life and limited resources can make a person needy. Poor health can make us needy. One family here spends $12,000 a year on medicine. Compassion

Wrong Attitudes Toward the Poor:

TSTEED Wrong Attitudes Toward the Poor Take advantage of them. Look down on them. Blame them. Coddle them? - No Help them? - Yes Compassion

Work To Eat:

TSTEED Work To Eat 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” Lev 23:22 By gleaning in the fields, even the poor had to go out and pick up what was left. Compassion

Right Attitudes Toward the Poor.:

TSTEED Right Attitudes Toward the Poor. Love and help them—Jesus did! Treat them as human equals with dignity and respect. Leave some of our prosperity to them: “Leave the corners of the field.” Compassion

How Can We Treat The Poor Properly?:

TSTEED How Can We Treat The Poor Properly? Compassion

Don’t Oppress The Poor: :

TSTEED Don’t Oppress The Poor: Be honest in your dealings. Compassion

Daily Interactions. :

TSTEED Daily Interactions. Treat every person with dignity . Compassion

Our Priorities. :

TSTEED Our Priorities. Share with others. Compassion

Working for Justice:

TSTEED Working for Justice Fair Laws and Programs. Balance giving help and getting them to help themselves. Compassion

Help People Help Themselves:

TSTEED Help People Help Themselves “Teach Them to Fish.” Compassion

Teaching Some of the Cardinal Virtues of Christianity :

TSTEED Teaching Some of the Cardinal Virtues of Christianity Accountability. Self-control. Dependability. Deferred gratification Honesty. Hard work. Compassion

Sharing With the Needy.:

TSTEED Sharing With the Needy. Missions. Local Benevolence Programs. The Church Pantry. Individual Actions. Compassion


TSTEED Sharing “At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God‑fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” Acts 10 Compassion


TSTEED Sharing “3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” 4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.” Compassion


TSTEED Conclusion: The Story of the King and the Beggar. Compassion

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