“He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself], but happy (blessed and fortunate) is he who is kind and merciful to the poor.” (Proverbs 14: 21, Amplified Bible Classic Edition)
Let’s aspire to love and to be kind. This is not only the right way to be, but it is the way of joy, true happiness and contentment.
Despising our neighbor dishonors God. When we hate another, we are harshly judging one who God has made. We are also going against our own higher nature. For we were created to express God, and He is pure goodness and Love. He has made us to reflect His qualities and so each of us is, in Truth, worthy of respect, openness, and compassion.
The “poor” to whom we are to be kind and merciful are not only those who may seem to have less possessions or money than we do. They are also those who may appear to be lacking in an understanding we may have—of love, of grace, of peace. We can seek to be good to them, without self-righteousness, and so to feel more like ourselves, the loving individuals who we are.
Love genuinely expressed is felt by others and also felt within. This brings healing and contentment, happiness, and energy. It pleases God for it obeys His intention and is a rich blessing to us and to all.
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