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Does God love the building more than the poor?
A good samaritan gift (alms) to your church,
food bank, ministry, outreach, or a needy neighbor will be a blessing to you and them.
A gift of what you have, money, food, time, or material will go far to help them.
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Why do we love? Step back and watch why
people associate with other people and what it is that motivates them. Does
a person seem to have a greater love toward those who have something to offer
in return? Look at the poor, who loves them? What do they have to offer in
return? Are the poor loveless? How many times have the poor been
The poor are no more cursed by God than
any other person. We all fall short of the glory of God. Is not God kind
to the unthankful and evil? It rains and shines on both the just and unjust.
Did not Jesus say to give and expect nothing in return? If God asks nothing
of us other than to be kind, should we not give to the poor without expecting
returns? Does not God give freely and liberally to all of us?
5:45, God raises the sun on the good and evil, and rain on the
just and unjust.
God is not a God of favors. Don't be
like minded as those who help only those who can repay. If we do not help
the poor who cannot repay, we do not have the kindness of God. Is a tax deduction
from a charitable contribution the same as a repayment? A tree is known by
its fruits. Are Godly fruits seen as buildings, or a continuous harvest of
14:12-14, Jesus said to invite those who cannot repay you.
19:21 and Luke 18:22, Jesus
said to give to the poor.
Loving another has limits. It does not
mean giving into worldly principles, culture, beliefs or behaviors. Stand
strong in Godly principles, give to the poor, not to a building. We should
be thankful for what we have. We should be content with what we have. We
should be thankful for what we don't have.
4:11, Paul remarks
on how he has learned to be content, no matter the situation.
words: poor rich cursed
thankful repay recompense just unjust.