A blessed good morning to all my brothers and sisters in the Lord. The Lord has woke us up this morning and we are grateful to be alive and in the land of the living to offer praise and thanks. Grace and peace be unto you.
For our scripture reading turn to the book of Proverbs 29:5-7
5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
6 In the transgression of an evil man, there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
Verses 5-6 – Hunters in ancient times used nets in several ways to ensnare birds and animals. In the same way, flatterers can spread two sorts of spiritual nets, setting a snare for others. With one net, a flatterer manipulates people to do what he wants. With the other, he entangles them in pride. The one who has these nets set for him can escape them through discernment and God’s guidance. Eventually, all flatterers will be tripped by their own nets.
An evil man’s sin is like a snare, for it influences and entraps others to sin with him. This is how many people have fallen into a snare of drinking and partying, becoming addicted to alcohol, drugs, or crime. They may not have had an interest in taking drugs, drinking, or stealing until friends encouraged them to join them. For this reason, it is very important to choose your friends wisely. Bad companions will corrupt good people.
Verse 7 – A wicked person is selfish. His world revolves completely around his own desires. He does not care about the poor, and he has no interest in helping the needy. The Bible tells us that “the poor shall never cease out of any land” (Deuteronomy 15:11). As long as sinful man reigns on earth, he will make decisions and actions that create poverty, and thus there will always be poor people. Only Christ can establish true justice and provide abundantly for all His subjects, thereby eradicating poverty. Only when Christ returns to earth and reigns during the Millennium, will poverty cease because the Lord told us we would always have the poor to minister to. “For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always” (Mark 14:7). We are called to reflect God’s heart to the world and the poor, to be compassionate as Jesus was. The strong are to help the weak.
We cannot truly follow Christ and ignore the needy or the helpless. In Israel, “the poor, the orphan, and the widow” described the most destitute and helpless of the people. Today, the most helpless among us are unborn children, murdered by abortion in atrociously painful ways, usually for convenience or out of the ignorance of their parents. The Bible teaches that we are to overcome selfishness, not encourage it. We must do all we can to reverse the laws in our countries that allow abortions so freely. “So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it” (Numbers 35:33).
Let us pray
Dear Father in heaven, thank you for Your great mercy and compassion toward us. Lord, create in us that same heart of compassion that You possess; not only for Your children but also for the poor and needy. Use us to reach out and help them both physically and spiritually. Give us heartfelt love for those who are suffering in the world, and anoint us to share the gospel with them so that they might know You. Forgive us for our selfishness, and deliver our land from the curse that abortion and murder bring on a nation. May this evil cease in this country and all others nations in the world. I ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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