Trading Places

"If you shall lend money to My people, to the poor that are with you, you shall not be to them as a demanding creditor, nor shall you lay upon them interest." -- Exodus 22:24

The words "the poor that are with you" teach that we should look upon ourselves as though we were the poor ones. The Bible tells us to put ourselves in the other person's place and act toward him as we would want him to act toward us. We need to be merciful to the needy among God's people so that God will be merciful to us in our time of need.

[ Prayer Starter ]

Dear Lord, You have set yourself as a fitting example of mercy. You were, are and will always be merciful to me, thought I was not worthy of it. It is only due to your grace, your mercy is poured out on me. Help me to reflect your mercy to the weak and needy so that they can see You in me. I ask this in your mighty Name, Amen.

[ Reference Scripture ]

Matthew 22:39 [AV]
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

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