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)
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)
Wow this is so inspiring!!!
I thank God for blessing your life with His Word.
God bless you for reading
Thank you uplifting Christ for providing for the needs of those less fortunate than you and for the challenge to those who don’t understand that the Joy of giving is not because we have to give but because we want to , every bad debt is repaid by God in Eternal Treasure, to the one who gives from the heart.
Christian Love from both of us – Anne
True talk. Each time I give to the needy, I make deposit in Heaven. I know God is blessing me more because of what I do.
God bless you Anne.
I was wondering Uplifting Christ why you felt lead to share about giving to these people, yes Paul said as an example that he worked making tents to spread the Gospel and we are to do this too but not by making tents, unless of course we want to and yes we are to also help others who are in need, especially those who are Christians.
In the early days of our Marriage when Ron lost is job, we lived in the red for well over a year but we always had money when needed…. God is so good. We were helped sometimes in surprising ways and although we did mostly repay, we were never asked to and no one knew about those who helped us, except when we shared about them and their kindness to others but yes they will be greatly rewarded in Eternity as we will be too when we give from the heart.
Have you ever Uplifting Christ felt the need to give so strongly that you just had to give right away, many do and they did in the early Church too, even all they had as The Holy Spirit lead them.
Christian Love from both of us – Anne
I have experience that many times. As a matter of fact, giving is part of me. I do the little I could in my own world to help the needy. However, everything I do is directed by the Holy Spirit. I remember when I was a teenager, my father bought a pair of shoes for me. I wore size 7 then but the shoe’s size was 9. I felt the need to give the shoes to my local pastor. He was amazed that I could think that way at my age. I was just around 15years. Anne, when I left his house, I heard a voice spoke to me that for this thing you have done, you will never lack shoes in your life. I can boldly say that I have never for once worried about shoes. In fact, it’s overflowing…
I have so many testimonies on giving…to sum it all, God is faithful.
Hummmm I have always been in need of good shoes Uplifting Christ and have a funny but amazing story about them, I do have foot problems from wearing bad fitting shoes as a Teenager.
Still my life as been very blessed and I have never wanted for much, I find God provides what I give to others too, so for me it is a great blessing to give because I can say to them it’s from God not me, so they can thank Him and yes they are amazed He cares so much for them.
I’m also very thankful when I receive from The Lord and this is every day, although it’s mostly Spiritual not material wealth and so the value can’t be calculated in earthly reckoning.
Blessings – Anne