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Support The Weak And Be Blessed

“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”–Acts 20:35

We began this we by celebrating Christmas and the birth of Jesus. While there are many customs surrounding this special time of year, one of the most popular is gift giving. We give gifts to family, friends, co-workers, and even those who make our lives easier throughout the year. This is also the time of year when people seem more willing to support charities. In past years, some charities have claimed that anywhere from 25 to 50% of their annual donations were received around the holiday season. So, what is it about the holidays that makes us want to help others? Why not help all year round? It all comes down to what is in our hearts.

The reasons people choose to give are numerous and not always altruistic. (Sadly, I have been guilty of many of them.) Most people possess a genuine desire to help those less fortunate than themselves. There are also those who give because they are in the position to help others since they have gone through the exact same thing. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to everyone. Some give simply to feel better about themselves or to increase their own self worth. Others give out of guilt. For some, there is a sense of obligation. In 2nd Corinthians 9:7, we read these words. “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

When we give, God’s desire is that we do so willingly and joyfully. Matthew 5:42 says, “Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.” We should always be ready to give when asked, yet we should do so with wisdom. In Deuteronomy 16:17, we have this advice when it comes to giving and helping others. “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.”

To give what you can when you can and to do so willingly and joyfully is an act of love. Some people can be so moved to help after hearing of another person’s trouble, they go beyond what is expected from a stranger. This is because of love for their fellow man. The greatest gifts always come from the greatest love. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” My purpose isn’t to cause anyone to quit giving; too many good charities and causes need your support. I just want you to consider the reasons why you give and, hopefully, find joy in the act of giving.

And to those who want to help, but aren’t able to do so financially, you can still give. You can give the gift of prayer. Pray for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, and all the other organizations seeking cures. Lift up the Wounded Warrior Project, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and their equivalents around the world. Call out to God; He can open doors in other parts of the worlds for help to reach those in need. “For if there is a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.”

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