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The Gift of Help

One who is generous will be blessed Because he gives some of his food to the poor. Proverb 22:9
Paul says in his short encouragement message in his first letter to Timothy that it is worse than the unbelievers because those relatives who are blessed abundantly must be a provider before anyone does, especially of their household. Paul said this in 1 Timothy 5:8; “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” The mandate is that the help or the provider must come from the family and or the relatives. In Luke 12:33-34, Jesus says, “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near, and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Though Jesus generalizes it as helping people experiencing poverty or the less fortunate, Paul categorizes it as helping the family first. Family members have the first and foremost responsibility for caring for each other, then spread it, if you can, to other relatives. Family is always the first line of defense against poverty (1 Timothy 5:4).

Those who give to people experiencing poverty will not come back void. They will need nothing because whatever they give out will be coming back in many forms. But those who close their eyes and blindfold themselves as if they did not see them will be chastised like those who ignore to use their gift of help. When the spinning wheel turns against their position, they will realize their mistakes, and it might be too late. The opportunity to be born with milk and honey is not by luck but by a blessing from God, and it pleases Him to bless His people. And for those who turn their back, it is contempt against the will of God. Those who will help the unfortunate will honor God. Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the souls of people experiencing poverty will also cry out and will not receive a response when they have the same situation. We must provide help to those who are really in need rather than those who can help themselves.
To God be the glory.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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