by: FCC Staff
“A poor man who oppresses the lowly is like a driving rain which leaves no food.”
None of us like to be treated unfairly when we find ourselves in a hard spot. Most all of us have been there one time or another as we’ve grown into productive citizens. We all like to have a break at a time when we need one. When we’ve run into hard times, we would like for others to have compassion on us. Whether it’s for a financial crisis or a time of need for material things, we would all like to be shown some mercy.
One of the best examples in scripture is from a parable where a slave’s debt was forgiven by his king when he begged for mercy. Then when a fellow slave asked for this same mercy and forgiveness, he rejected his plea and had him thrown into prison. The king was angry because the slave did not show the same kind of compassion to the fellow slave that the king had shown him earlier. (Matthew 18:28-35)
We should always be ready and show mercy on someone who may be experiencing hard times financially and help them in as much as we are able, not necessarily expecting anything in return. If he can repay it, that’s fine; if he can’t or doesn’t have the means, we are to consider it a pure joy just to have been able to help a fellow human being who needed it but wasn’t able to return the favor. Let the Savior’s compassion be seen in and though us. It’ll have eternal rewards!
Prayer for today: God, lead us to know who and when someone among our acquaintances may need extra compassion and forgiveness shown them. Give me a compassionate and caring heart as if it were me in their shoes. Amen