God’s Word mentions that believers should comfort TWO GROUPS of folks–and this is mentioned MORE THAN ONCE.
Actually, more than mere ‘comfort,’ believers are to provide companionship and aid to BOTH groups–AND these two groups OFTEN are overlooked by those who are supposed to provide aid and comfort.
The two groups?
Widows and orphans [The Bible almost always refers to orphans as ‘the fatherless’].
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
“Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.”
“When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands. When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.”
There are many other reminders to look and act kindly toward the widow and the ‘fatherless’ (orphan) contained in God’s Word. ALL who follow the commands of God are to ease the worldly plight of widows and children; to soften the hard hand which life often deals these two.
For some reason, these two groups are largely overlooked by those who control the land’s resources. Can the reader guess why this might be?
At any rate, widows and orphans are to be ‘looked after’ according to God’s Word.
Does the reader remember to do this?
“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
DOES the reader ever think of visiting widows or the orphans?
OR, does the reader believe widows and orphans are someone else’s (the government’s?) responsibility?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 21, 2022.]
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