20 Simple Truths Everybody Should Learn about God, Life, and People

20 Simple Truths Everybody Should Learn about God, Life, and People

by Dr. Celucien L. Joseph

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  1. Love is more important than freedom.
  2. God is love.
  3. God loves the poor.
  4. You give life meaning when you love and serve those who can’t love nor serve you in return.
  5. Justice and love are inseparable.
  6. Don’t follow religion, follow God.
  7. Life is a journey not a destiny.
  8. Show kindness and compassion to strangers and  the poor.
  9. Friendship with the poor and the disadvantaged is worth pursuing.
  10.  Give food to those who are hungry, and a cup of water to the thirsty.
  11. Justice and compassion will never fade.
  12. Many people suffer in the world because of a simple act of injustice.
  13. Always do good to others!
  14. Love your enemy!
  15. Love your family!
  16. Love sacrificially and serve unconditionally!
  17. Do not pursue money in this life; rather, cultivate genuine relationship with people that will last because people matter more than money or wealth.
  18. Invest your time in what is eternal and life-transforming.
  19. Pursue what is honorable, just, and beautiful in life.
  20. Love God, love your neighbor, and walk in solidarity with the poor, the needy, and the powerless.

*This post was originally published in Dr. Joseph’s personal website.

“God, the Poor, and Generous Justice” by Dr. Joseph

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—when you already have it with you.” — Proverbs 3:27-28

“God, the Poor, and Generous Justice” by Dr. Joseph

In Part 1 of the Three-Part series entitled “God, the Poor, and Generous Justice,” Dr. Joseph discusses some biblical texts that reveal God’s heart for the poor and attitude toward justice and economic justice. The same way God remembers the poor and the oppressed, followers of Christ are called to diligently serve the poor and the needy, and to remember the unfortunate and the underprivileged in our churches, communities, and the world at large. Further, Dr. Joseph invites us to consider five biblical and theological principles that encourage and ultimately urge Christians to be engaged in social outreach and social justice ministries, and to empower and care for the poor and the needy; this attitude is a reflection of God’s character and the loving message of the Gospel.