In February 2011, one of my workers came to my house to talk about his family issues. After hearing his story there was nothing I could do than to grant him the loan he came for to pay his son’s school fees. He promised to return the money before the month ends. The month ended, the year 2011 ended, 2012 ended, 2013 is about ending, and I haven’t received the money. He had different reason(s) any time we talked about it so I finally decided to write it off as bad debt. I was helping a brother in need but I ended up losing.
In 2012, several other people came for money they promised to pay back but they never did. The story has been the same this year.
Someone asked me why I have not learnt lesson(s) from the past? Or why do I still open up to people when they are in need?
I told him what Paul said to the Galatians that “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good…”. As Christians our job is to be our brother’s keeper. Proverbs 3:27-28 says “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
Some people will pay you evil for good but that shouldn’t prevent you from extending helping hands to the needy. Always remember that God has blessed you to be a blessing. I had had similar experiences in the past but I am not going to let that discourage me from doing what is good.
In the same way, don’t let what people do hinder you from receiving the best from the Lord. Keep doing your best. Keeping helping those in need, don’t get tired.
Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The Generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:24-25, NLT)
Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who closed their eyes to poverty will be cursed. (Proverbs 28:27, NLT)
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9, NLT
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matthew 5:7, NLT)