Day 2: Being inspired and motivated to respond

Thanks for joining us for day two of our 31 Days of Compassion. Please click here to learn more about this series and participate in yesterday’s challenge. Today, we want to search the Scriptures to hear God’s heart for the poor.


When you consider your definition of compassion, what inspires you to live that definition out? Maybe your inspiration and motivation is birthed out of your relationship with the Lord. For some of us, we have a specific verse or passage of Scripture that inspires us to care for the poor. However, you may not have a specific Scripture in mind and would like to seek one out. No matter whether you know the verse or passage, or if you are searching for the first time, you are invited to study God’s word with us today.


As I searched the Scriptures this morning, I was reminded of a passage that has stayed with me since the first time I encountered it. In fact, I was recently wearing a t-shirt that referenced this Scripture, and someone approached me to ask what this passage was about. Admittedly, I wish I had been as prepared then, as I am today to give the answer.


Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”


The key phrase I find repeatedly in this Scripture is “speak up”. In light of this, I notice specific action steps we must take to defend the poor and those in need. First, before we can even speak up, we must simply speak. This means, we cannot be silent. We cannot stand by and hope someone else will come alongside the poor among us. If we all stood by silently, then there would be no one on earth to plead their case–no one to be the hands and feet of Christ.


Second, we should do exactly as the Scripture says and “speak up”. This means speaking loud and clear enough to be heard and understood. Beyond mere actions and words lies the impact of their effect. Are we speaking? Moreover, are we speaking up?


What Scripture inspires you to care for the poor? Why does this Scripture inspire and motivate you to speak up on their behalf? Click here if you need a starting point as you study God’s word today. Please share the Scripture and your thoughts in the comments, and if you blog about this we would love for you to share the link to your post as well! Come back here tomorrow to dive deeper into Scripture and continue to hear God’s heart for those in need.


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2 thoughts on “Day 2: Being inspired and motivated to respond

  1. I find both Isaiah 58 and Ezekiel 16:49….they have both stuck with me over the years and continually come back to my mind.

    • Wow! I think the most well known passage in Isaiah 58 are verses 6-7. When I read the entire chapter, these verses not only stand out because they are familiar, but they also jump off the page within the context of the surrounding verses. It is convicting to read this Scripture and think of how we treat worship of and service to God. In response to Ezekiel 16:49, I am convicted yet again as I think of our current culture and what we strive for each day. In my opinion, this verse embodies much of what we struggle with both as individuals and the nation as a whole. Thank you for this reminder to keep our motives and hearts in check. Feel free to share more Scriptures and thoughts with us!

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