God has given me a job. It is straightforward. There are lots of people down on their luck.
My job is to dignify them. It comes with the benefit that I feel better when I do that. I will be happy (aka blessed).
In country where Jesus is King, there is a whole lot of happiness going on. Joy abounds. It is always a stunning day in paradise.
Dignify those who are down on their luck; you’ll feel good — that’s what God does. God looks after us all, makes us robust with life — Lucky to be in the land, we’re free from enemy worries. Whenever we’re sick and in bed, God becomes our nurse, nurses us back to health.
Psalm 41:1-3 (The Message Bible)
The word here for “down in their luck” implies low, poor; helpless; powerless; downcast, sullen. Some translate it “poor” but I think “down in their luck” is pretty good. We all get there at some point in our life. I know do.
What are we looking for? A little dignity from someone who cares would go a long way. Someone who is considerate would be stunning. Jesus commands me to love my neighbor.
King Solomon learned it from his father.
The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.
Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (Proverbs 14:21)
Contempt (aka despise) for our brothers is missing God’s goal (aka sin). It is not the Way of Jesus. Jesus won’t have any of that.
Consider Matthew 25
This gets my attention. How about you?