Giving to the Poor

Patty and I have for most of our almost 51 years of married life given money to people who are in need on a regular basis. Very rarely does anybody come back for a second round, because they appreciated the help the first time so much. When people give to people it builds relationship, and it doesn’t foster dependency. It is God’s system or plan in helping the poor, but the problem is that there are to many stingy, selfish people to make it work. God had severe words for those who ignored the poor amount them

Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the guilt of Israel, she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 “If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

Isaiah 58:7-9 Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him; Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
You will cry, and He will say, here am I.

Probably very few things that we did as parents was as impactful to our kids as when we brought in a homeless old lady to live with us for 6 months. She was a major pain in the butt, but God used it in all of our lives.

2 thoughts on “Giving to the Poor

  1. Child of God

    My husband and I give products from our farm to families (meat, eggs, fruit), but as far as money goes, we struggle with whom to give to and as far as bringing someone into our home, we can’t because we care for my dad and he lives with us. We don’t think it’s the best to give money to the homeless due to the possibility of enabling them to use drugs and alcohol – especially since we’ve had family (4 passed away) who were severely dependent and some completely non-functioning that we tried to help, but to no avail. I’ve been ridiculed that we are not loving and have been guilted and shamed into believing this – but how can we help the drug/alcohol abuser if they don’t want help? We’ve been scammed out of money, only to supply them for their drug/alcohol abuse. We truly want to be used by God and help the poor, but believe we need to be cautious and need direction

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