160928A fool gives full vent to anger, but the wise quietly holds it back.  If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked. The poor and the oppressor have this in common: the LORD gives light to the eyes of both. If a king judges the poor with equity, his throne will be established forever. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by a neglected child. When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall. Discipline your children, and they will give you rest; they will give delight to your heart. Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint, but happy are those who keep the law. By mere words servants are not disciplined, for though they understand, they will not give heed. Do you see someone who is hasty in speech? There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that. A slave pampered from childhood will come to a bad end. One given to anger stirs up strife, and the hothead causes much transgression. A person’s pride will bring humiliation, but one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.  To be a partner of a thief is to hate one’s own life; one hears the victim’s curse, but discloses nothing. The fear of others lays a snare, but one who trusts in the LORD is secure. Many seek the favor of a ruler, but it is from the LORD that one gets justice. The unjust are an abomination to the righteous, but the upright are an abomination to the wicked. (Proverbs 19:11-27, NRSV)

If you are a helper of the poor, God will lift you up.

The king will establish his throne forever by judging the poor with equity. When he treats them as his equal, then he will be king forever.

When we look upon people as people and not objects to be used, then we will be a helper to those around us and we will be living as Christ called us to.

So are you a helper?

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