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Sometimes Christians forget that we are called on to be compassionate and generous. They see someone in trouble, homeless, poor, asking for money or other kinds of help and think, "Not my problem." People can make many kinds of excuses to justify turning a blind eye to others: they asked for it, it's their own fault, I don't want to help those kinds of people, if I help it will just encourage them to be lazy. But is this the attitude the God asks of us? In 1 John 3:10, the Bible clearly says,
This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
Think this doesn't apply to beggars, the homeless, people on welfare, charity? Think again. 1 John 3: 17-18
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|