How Should A Christian Handle Freeloaders?
It is always such a blessing to hear from a brother in Egypt. I am constantly awed by what God has given us to share His word with others all around the globe.
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Lu 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
Hi Mike and everyone at 'is, was and will be.' I miss you all. I was busy for the last month opening a local grocery shop. That's why I couldn't make it on Sundays.
Lu 6:30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
I have a lot of people coming asking to take things and pay later, and after they take it, they will not pay for it. Will I ask them to pay back, or should I stop giving more to them avoiding making losses.
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private [Greek, its own] interpretation.
Psa 119:160 The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.
1Ti 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
Mat 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Act 11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwell in Judea.You have no obligation to let a user use you. Yes, Christ did say:
Mat 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.So if a known drunken bum asks you for the money to buy a hamburger, you ought never to use the fact that you know this man is an addict as an excuse to avoid giving him a hamburger if you are able to afford it. Though it would be better to buy him the hamburger instead of the money for it so he won't be tempted to spend the money on alcohol. But Matthew 5:42 is not the sum of God's Word on this subject. There are those who think it is, but it is not.
The story of Mary's alabaster box of ointment teaches us that we must also be selective with our charity. Here is the message of that story:
Gal 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.Contrary to what Christ's own apostles thought, Mary was commended for putting the body of Christ ahead of the poor:
Mat 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,Christ's whole life was dedicated to serving His 'body.' This story is in God's Word for this very reason. The "memorial to Mary" is remembered when we help those who are a part of the body of Christ.
Mat 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat [at meat].
Mat 26:8 But when his disciples saw [it], they had indignation, saying, To what purpose [is] this waste?
Mat 26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
Mat 26:10 When Jesus understood [it], he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
Mat 26:11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
Mat 26:12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
Mat 26:13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Am I denying that we ought to help those outside the body of Christ? Absolutely not. Am I saying that the body of Christ should come first? Yes I am, simply because that is what Christ taught us.
I hope that helps you to decide what to do about your situation.
I became like the rich man:
12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
I think this is the little book it's not easy to keep. We can't keep it or understand it; only Christ in us can.
May God give us sight to see Him and strength to do His will.
Comment: It is indeed impossible for us, of ourselves, to obey God's directives for our lives. Who among us can truly love his avowed enemy, in and of himself? Yet we "can do all things through Christ."
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.I will be praying with you, that God will direct you to make good and sound business and Christlike decisions which will be generous toward the needy as well as obedient to Christ as regards providing for your own house.
By the way my dad is over my head for me to marry. He knows that I'm out of the Egyptian church and no woman will accept to marry outside the church and it's kind of making him sad. What will I do?
Well, I wish I could make it this Sunday. Till we meet, I love you all.
Your brother in the Lord Jesus Christ,
I too, wish you could be with us Sunday. We all rejoice to see your name in the chat box. You are in our prayers. God will see you through all these trials.
Your brother in Christ,