Two researchers found the more wealth some people have the less tolerance and compassion they show for the poor and needy. Those who drive luxury cars tend to ignore stop signs, cut off other motorists, or blame the poor and handicapped for their conditions. How different our Lord was and He calls us to pattern our actions after His. We read in Luke 18 that a blind man heard Jesus passing by. So he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The people urged him keep quiet but he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “I want to see!” “And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” Jesus was not only compassionate himself, He wants us, His followers, to be compassionate as well toward the poor and less fortunate.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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