Whenever we want to understand an issue, it is important to consider what God’s Word says first. In this study we will discover the Bible’s perspective on poverty. Scripture mentions poverty and injustice more than any other issue. Yet, how many of us have spent time really considering the plight of the poor through God’s eyes?
Imitating God’s compassion for the poor is an essential, mandatory part of our Christian lives.
James 1:27 James 2:14-17 Deuteronomy 15:7-11
Proverbs 31:8-9 Proverbs 21:13 Proverbs 22:9
Proverbs 28:27 Isaiah 58:1-11
God uniquely identifies Himself with the poor and intimately ties our worship of Him with caring for the poor.
Proverbs 14:31 Matthew 25:31-46 Proverbs 19:17
One of the best ways to help a person is to show them respect. As you look into their eyes, talk to them with genuine interest, and recognize their value as an individual, you will give them a sense of dignity that they sometimes rarely experience.
Another good place to start is by volunteering is at your local church. If your congregation doesn’t have a homeless ministry, find a reputable organization in your city that invites church members to join them and start serving alongside them.
Giving is another great way to help, however, unless the Lord directs you, don’t give money directly to the homeless. Cash gifts are often used to buy drugs and alcohol. Instead, make your donations to a well-known, reputable organization in your community. Many shelters and soup kitchens also welcome contributions of food, clothing and other supplies.
Prayer is one of the easiest and most positive ways you can help the homeless. Pray for them pray without ceasing!
Because of the harshness of their lives, many homeless people are crushed in spirit. But Psalm 34:17-18 says, “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” God can use your prayers to bring deliverance and healing to broken lives.