Discussion 22

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard (Proverbs 21: 13)

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again (Proverbs 19: 17)

Bless it be the name of the Lord, my beautiful readers! I pray that your weekend was filled with love, joy, and peace through our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The topic I’m about to discuss has been weighing on my heart for a while, but I waited until the Lord’s timing to speak about it. This is that time. My dear brothers and sisters, the act of selfishness has been spreading lately. I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the scriptures above. Of course, there is a lot more in the bible regarding the poor, but these two are pretty specific on the duties that believers are obligated to do. We are to support and feed the poor, and this command by our Lord starts in the old testament (Deuteronomy 15: 7-11). Now, I know that times are hard and prices are increasing pretty much everywhere, mainly groceries, but we still need to count our blessings, though. We may not have much in this life, but as believers living only for Christ, there is so much more awaiting us. Some of us don’t know what it’s like to worry about when our next meal will be, and when you don’t know, you don’t empathize. That is a step toward selfishness. Everything that we own belongs to God, and everything we have comes from God. Therefore, we can’t just do whatever we want with the things He has given to us, and that includes money. If you’re at the point where you feel like you’re putting in all the work to make your money, then you need to pray to the Father to release that spirit of pride. God gives us the ability to make money, but it’s still His, and he wants us to be cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:7). He wants us to be helpers of one another (Hebrews 6:10), and when we do help God is right there providing. If you’re worried that you don’t have the means to help, that’s okay because God knows your heart, but also remember that He will take care of you no matter what. Also, there are other ways of contributing that you can discuss with the Lord. Our God is not a picky God, but He loves it when we find ways of helping His people. Sitting on things that you can give or use to help those in need is just completely selfish. I’m sorry, to be frank, but it’s true. There shouldn’t be so many fatherless children starving right now. I know it’s a big world, and only God can keep up with the tribulations of every single individual or family. Nevertheless, if you’re a believer and you were asked to contribute to the need of someone or even children and just ignore it, you, my friend, are being selfish. We have to remember what King Jesus says in (Matthew 25: 41-46). Let’s not be the ones on His left and get sent away from Him eternally. Please, let me know your thoughts on this. If you feel that I was too harsh or an ms-know-it-all, don’t be afraid to tell me. I want to continue to grow in the Lord, and righteous criticism would help me with that. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. God bless!

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