Proverbs 22:8-10 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
Every Christian, I believe, really wants to help people if they can. It’s born into us at our new birth. We desire to be like Christ who desired to help those in real need. “He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed.”
The key however to really helping someone is the ability to discern his or her real need. Let’s look at three types of people considered in our verses today.
• First, “He that soweth iniquity.” Often the generous heart of a well-meaning saint is taken advantage of by those who have only themselves in mind. Our desire to show the love of Christ to the hurting may get in the way of God’s dealing in their life and His desire to bring them to repentance. Sometimes blindly helping is not really helping at all. It may just provide aid to a sinful lifestyle.
• Next, you have the poor. Those who are truly in need of help and rightfully deserve it. It may be a Church member, another Christian, or an unsaved family that you have been working with and you know their true need. To refuse to help someone in this situation with what God has entrusted you with is just not right. Remember the old phrase “what goes around comes around.” To give to the truly needy out of a kind and loving heart will only result in God’s blessings poured out upon your life.
• The third type of person mentioned is the scorner. Helping someone because you think by doing so, he or she will quit gossiping or stop acting ungodly, is nothing more than a bribe. This almost never works out. Paying someone not to do or say something is a perversion of justice. There is a reason the police do not usually make deals with hostage takers. It’s only a pacifier, not a solution. God is the only solution to every real sin problem.
Being a good steward is doing what’s right with God’s provisions that He has given to you. Let’s help when possible. However, let’s pray first and try to be sure we are helping.
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