We can all help those in need, but we don’t always do. We let our pride get in the way of that. I have heard countless times people say, “Well they got themselves there and they are not doing anything about it so it’s not my job. They are the ones that need to fix their life.”Sometimes we give money and donate food to feel better about ourselves, but often times we do not see the true meaning behind what we are doing. We don’t fully understand the impact it has on someone’s life to be their for them when they are just trying to survive.
We do not know what they have been through. They may have gotten into drugs, alcohol, or paryting or maybe they lost job, family, support system, or all of their money. We cannot judge others based on what we think happend in their own life. We don’t know what happened. But we can offer support for them. We can share our food, give them clothing and shelter, and show them love, because love is an action. We can show them that we care about them and that we want to see them succeed. We as a community can give them the neccessary resources to live and stay hopeful that they take it and use it to create a better life.
Now they might just take what is given, and decide not to do anything with their life, but that doesn’t mean we should stop caring for them and showing them love. Jesus calls us to care for others. When it came to showing love did not care if they were ill, addicts, full of hatered. He gave his love freely to everyone, because he knows the power of love and caring for others. He knows what has happend to us. He knows why the say the things they say and do the things we do. He knows that everyone recieves things differently. He knows that some will thrive and flourish and others will not, because God gave us freedom to choose how we live.
He knows. That is what matters. We don’t have to know why or how someone speaks and lives the way they do, but we should be there for one another. We are all broken and weak, but have been made whole and strengthened by God’s grace and Jesus’s sacrifical love. It is our job to not judge others, but to build up others as best as we can, and hope that the person opens their heart and mind to God’s grace and love.
So, don’t be discouraged or angry when you give to someone that does not show thanks. Understand that you do not know what that person has been through, and you cannot change their heart. But maybe through the act of giving and showing love you can plant a seed in their heart that will one day bloom into joy and love. Don’t give up being kind when others are not. Be the good in the world. Share his joy and love with everyone, are for everyone.
Philippians 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Colossians 3:12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.