We Are To Share, Lend, and Help Both Friends and Foes!
Proverbs 19:15-27 New International Version
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.
19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;
rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,
and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
22 What a person desires is unfailing love[a];
better to be poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother
is a child who brings shame and disgrace.
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Saturday - April 9
“[Stealing] should not be narrowly restricted, but… pertain to anything that has to do with our neighbor. [In summary]: First, we are forbidden to do our neighbors any injury or wrong in any way imaginable, whether by damaging, withholding, or interfering with their possessions and property… In addition, we are commanded to promote and further our neighbors‘ interests, and when they suffer any want, we are to help, share, and lend to both friends and foes… You have a rich Lord, who is surely sufficient for your needs and will let you lack or want for nothing… Whoever does not desire this blessing will find wrath and misfortune enough.(Luther’s Large Catechism, the Seventh Commandment).