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Word of Faith > Fulfilling God's Will Where The Homeless Are Concerned

By Martin Cisneros

It says in the book of Titus that the grace of God that teaches us to deny all ungodliness teaches us to do good works, so it's actually God's grace when we're taking care of our neighbors and it's one more nudge towards having a better world. The book of James in the New Testament says that to just bless them that they'd be warmed and filled and to not care for their needs isn't very helpful/beneficial/loving. 1John says to not love in only words but in deeds and in truth. The important thing in loving your neighbor as yourself is to get as close to God as you possibly can because 1John also says that God's commands aren't burdensome or grievious.

Because if you think that you're never doing anything for your neighbors without caring for their every need, then you can run yourself ragged and into the soup line at the local shelter if your own needs go into neglect while you're caring for others. 2Corinthians 9 and I'm thinking it's Titus 2 are important passages that our care for others is in proportion to God's grace that's at work in our lives as we yield our lives more fully to Him and as 2Corinthians 8 says to make sure that we grow in this grace as well. There's always the questions that arise in many people's minds that do all that they can for the poor as to whether someone's actually going and getting food or hiding enough money to get themselves off of the streets someday, etc., or whether you're just feeding cigarette, alcohol, and drug addictions.

But when you're developing both a caring and a hearing ear towards the Holy Spirit as much as towards the people that you come into contact with, then He'll tell you when not to chip in to help them. And you really have to cast the care of why you might not feel good about helping out in certain situations. Either God's wanting them to lean more upon Him than upon random handouts, or He wants to direct someone else's seed into their lives, etc. It says in Corinthians that one plants, another waters, but God gives the harvest. Sometimes He'll honestly want someone else to deal with a situation, but if we feel no sense of being restrained from doing all that we can, then we should do all that we can. But sometimes as you're drawing closer to God you might have times where you start feeling bad about helping in a situation and then you feel bad about feeling bad about helping 'cause you don't know what's going on in your heart.

If a sparrow doesn't fall to the ground without His notice then neither does a seed and you've just got to trust that as His Word and grace are multiplying in your life that the more that you care to do, will become all the more fruitful in the lives of others and in your own life in being a part of how God equips you to help even more people beyond that. It's not "works" in the sense of trying to do it to win righteousness with God if you're aware that Christ is your righteousness and you're simply trying to do what you feel He would do in the situation since 2Corinthians 5 calls us His Ambassadors and Colossians 3:17 says to go ahead and act in His Name.

 

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