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Helping The Poor

Why do christians feel altruistic about "helping the poor" when they do not have to actually sacrifice anything when all they do is give money to the church or the government?

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 ---Steveng on 9/28/13
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If we help the poor we are lending God because we all belong to Him and He is Jehovah Jailer one who supplies to all our needs. If He did not withhold His son but he gave Him to us so we should be free from sins. That's why Christians give.
---Lydia on 3/10/14


God bless you Shira :)
---Mary on 10/9/13


several months ago, I went in krystal fast food place and one of the workers was cleaning up tables and crying. I put my arm around her and ask her what was wrong. she said when I finish I will come sit with you. she did and she told me her lights were getting turned off at 1pm. she need only 40.00. her husband left her with 3 kids and she was trying to live on fast food salary. God laid it on me to give her the money but I added a little to it and took her hands and prayed with her. when I left she wasn't there. I ask where she was and her co worker said she had to run pay a bill. he said it was an emergency. that makes me feel good. my heart felt so good and it made my day.
---shira4368 on 10/4/13


It is better (in my opinion) to be very close to the Lord and allow Him to lead us in giving to anyone. It is blessed to give in His will.
---Adetunji on 10/3/13


Scott, what I said was absolutely the truth. God works in mysterious ways. God has done much for my family. my brother was strangled on a piece of steak. in the er, the dr told him he had a tumor in his stomach. my sister went for outpatient procedure. she went into cardiac arrest. if she had been home, she would be dead. she need a heart valve. this is no accident.
---shira4368 on 10/1/13




I am so thankful God still answers prayer and works miracles. I can't say thank you enough.
---shira4368 on 9/29/13

Awesome. This is an example of a monatary seed planting for the other blog. There is no manipulative mindset nor sense of entitlement just the body serving the body. You cannot outgive God.
---Scott1 on 10/1/13


I must share this blessing. over a year ago, it was necessary to buy a bi-pap machine. since I needed it "now", I bought it for 1750.00. well, I found out it was the wrong machine. today a lady said she needed it. I offered to sell her mine but instantly God laid it on my heart to give it to her. in the meantime, the machine I needed cost 10,000. it took a month to get approved by my insurance company. 1 day after I gave it to the lady, my machine got approved. God blessed me with a 10,000 machine 1 day after I gave my other machine that cost 1750.00. that is not an accident. some would say it was a coincidence but it was God working a miracle. I am so thankful God still answers prayer and works miracles. I can't say thank you enough.
---shira4368 on 9/29/13


"Why do christians feel altruistic about "helping the poor?'
Because it is a given.
"Christians should "feel" "unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others". Which defines altruistic, what is truly important in that, is that the "Christian" does not allow themselves to become egotistic and boastful in giving that help.
---Josef on 9/29/13


Steveng you cannot possibly know the heart of people who give to the poor. Some give sacrificially (to a point where they themselves have to go without something). We are told to not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. We can only know about ourselves and those who make a huge song and dance about what they give.
The 'song and dance' brigade will not be impressing God one iota. He sees all and knows all because He sees the heart.
We can never out-give God. He will bless us (in ways where we need a blessing - not necessarily monetarily).
Humans might fool other humans but we never fool God.
Please don't assume that everyone helping the poor is the same kind of character.
---Rita_H on 9/29/13


The Macedonians trusted Paul with their money for helping the people in Jerusalem, I understand > 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15.

But they did not only give their money >

"And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God." (2 Corinthians 8:5)

Like this, I would encourage, we need to first give ourselves to the Lord, and to whoever are the leaders whom God Himself trusts.

And do the personal giving and loving that He provides for us to do (c:
---willie_c: on 9/29/13




Why? They put there trust "faith" in the leaders of the local church hoping they are helping the needs in their area. That is one of the Jobs of the body of Christ here on the earth. Or you can help them yourself. Either way is a good thing.
---Bryan on 9/28/13


Giving money is sacrificing. Money = time + work. When you give money, you are sacrificing both your time and labor.
---Jed on 9/28/13


Some prefer to have their local church or other organization act as their almoner, so they don't know who is receiving their help. Jesus Himself said when we give alms, we should not let our right hand know what our left hand is doing.

OTOH, sometimes we are required by circumstances to help someone directly when the Lord brings him directly to our attention, such as a hungry person on the street.

I try to carry coupons for free Happy Meals or something similar for that purpose. That way if the person is hungry, he can get fed, but not spend money I give him on drink or drugs.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/28/13


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