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How do we help those in need?

What is the best way of assisting others?

Thank you for asking a question on This is your Bible.

We cannot help every single person in need, so we are governed by that which is practical for us as individuals.

We are to do what we can to give food and drink to the hungry and thirsty; to be hospitable; to provide clothing where we can; to visit those that we know who are sick or in prison.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

We are to keep a supply of money to help others with (as we are able without making ourselves destitute in the process); rather than spending everything we earn to improve our own standard of living.

Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

If none of our acquaintances falls in the category of ‘poor’, there are many Charities and Aid agencies requiring support.Some are able to do voluntary work with homes or daycentres for the blind or deaf or old or infirm.Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses (or as the Bible describes them ‘talents’), we should respond as and when opportunities present themselves.

We should be carefulabout supporting 'Christian' charities where the aid is used to promotea false version ofChristianity.

If you want to come to grips with what the Bible really teaches, why not take the free online Bible study course available on our website, www.thisisyourbible.com? This course will give you a background in the major themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. As with everything we offer, there is no cost to you other than your time and effort... You will also have a personal tutor to whom you may pose questions either from the course itself or those questions which come to you as you read the Bible.

I hope this helps.

Glenn Smith

 
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