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28th May 2023

Remember The Needy

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

James 1:27

Recently, I was listening on BBC Radio 4, to the Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist. Although I knew that the story has a happy ending, nevertheless, it is really quite disturbing and very troubling about the brutal treatment of this poor orphan.

God cares about the plight of the poor and has a special place in His heart for orphans and widows. Malachi wrote that God would judge those who, having no fear of God, exploit widows and orphans (3:5).

Instead of taking advantage of the weak, we as Christians are admonished to help those in need. Believers should care for those God cares about. We should look for opportunities to provide financial, emotional and practical support for those who have lost a spouse or have been orphaned from a parent’s care.

Do you know a widow who needs your help? Do you know an orphan or child who has been deprived of the support of a parent because of death, divorce, military service, or abandonment?

As James tells us, a mark of true spirituality is to “visit orphans and widows in their trouble” (1:27).

Bible Reading

Malachi 3:1-6.


Open my eyes, Lord, to people around me, Help me to see them as You do above; Give me the wisdom and strength to take action, so others may see the depth of Your love. In the name of Jesus, I prayer. Amen.



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