From my reading in Acts 9:22-43 in the One Year New Testament.
Be a Dorcas!
Dorcas a funny insult that kids use, but in this case she was a very honorable lady!
“There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor… So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them.” Acts 9:36, 39
Dorcas was always did kind things for others
Kindness is contagious. People who do kind things for others will have many friends. It was clear she was loved by many.
If you are kind to others they will naturally repay that kindness.
Dorcas helped the poor by meeting practical needs
Dorcas showed kindness by making coats and clothes for the many widows who were weeping for her.
She was a great example of a Proverbs 31 woman.
“Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.” Proverbs 31:19–21
Dorcas opened here hand to the poor and treated them like her own family by making clothes for them!
I’m not about to pick up sewing but I am encouraged by the example of this woman of God who went out of her way to show kindness to the poor. Ask yourself…
How can I use my skills, money, or time to show kindness to the poor around me?
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