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 Remember the Poor

James 2: 1-13

You are doing right if you obey this law from the highest authority: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ 
(James 2:8)

Devotion In the referred scripture from James Chapter 2, we find a powerful reminder of the early Christians' dedication to uplifting the poor, evident throughout the Bible. They understood that genuine faith is expressed through actions, particularly in how we treat those less fortunate. Today, however, our judgment can be clouded by the superficiality of social media. At times we choose our comfort over compassion, leading us to overlook the needs of the marginalized.
Remembering the poor goes beyond financial assistance; it requires treating them with the same dignity and respect we afford others. Often, the marginalized would just like to be acknowledge as equals. Just as early Christians embraced this principle, we must resist the temptation to judge based on outward appearances or financial status.
As we reflect on James' message, let us not forget that the habit for uplifting the poor begins at home. By modelling compassion and equality in our own lives as parents, we can influence the next generation to do the same. Let us be the light that guides them to see beyond societal norms and embrace the timeless values of love and empathy. Let us not just confine our compassions on only Sundays or the occasional donations that might ease our conscience for the moment.
In a world where superficiality often reigns, may we be steadfast in our commitment to remember the poor and uphold the principles of justice and equality. 

Our Heavenly Father, Forgive us for our biases. Help us to see everyone beyond our biases, to treat less unfortunate equally and also to assist them with humility. 
Thought for the Day
"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." - Audre Lorde

Jethin Thomas
Carmel Mar Thoma Church, Boston

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