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“AS ANYONE MIGHT HAVE NEED” (ACTS 2:45)

Our responsibility to practice benevolence is certainly a necessary part of our lives as faithful Christians.

This wonderful blessing allowing us the opportunity to give from our means must come with wisdom. The wisdom which we educate ourselves in order to discern right from wrong, so as to remain good stewards of God’s blessings.

I’m sure you would agree that God does not intend for us to give all sorts of money to a person struggling with substance abuse, correct? And what of the panhandler who most certainly has the age and health to work for a living? We would not wish to be guilty of facilitating a path to one’s demise. It would only further expedite his or her eternal destruction. And would we starve our own children to feed others? Of course not. There are discernments to judge, we must understand the boundaries of our benevolence.

That being said, when it comes to faithful benevolence however we have all sorts of open doors to help the needy, brethren first.

Some misguided Christians perhaps unlearned in a rightly handled Scripture would utilize certain verses out of context in order to fuel deviated benevolence towards a fruitless source. We must be wiser than such, dear friends. We have liberty in Christ, liberty with instruction on all matters of life and godliness.

Let’s look at a few verses:

Romans 12:13 - “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.”

If they are in genuine faithful need, then we must be ready to give.

Food. Shelter. Clothing.

Galatians 6:10 - “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

Proverbs 29:7 - “The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, the wicked does not understand such concerns.”

Acts 2:45 is an important verse. But sadly some don’t read the last phrase of that verse.

“as anyone might have need." If there is no “need” then one need not sell the farm, however, if there is a “need,” why not use the farm to hire the needy brother?

In a world of foolishness, we Christians must be wise, even with our benevolence.

Do you have a story to share regarding a positive or negative experience you’ve had with benevolence? Thank you.

Stephane H. Maillet

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You've fallen asleep comfy in your bed, and a fire started in your house. You wake to panic as you become aware of your surroundings, trapped by a wall of lavalike heat. You find yourself in danger, where smoke and flames threaten your life. Your neighbors were capable of seeing the threat and had since called for help. The firefighters arrive on the scene and immediately find you in your bedroom--time for a rescue. Are you yet seen in a location of satety? No, not yet. There still needs to be a transfer from the site of dakness, smoke, and fire to an area of light, fresh air, and safety. And so the firefighters guide you out of certain death into a secure location. You have now been saved, not without damage, trauma, and loss. But you've gained your life and get to learn fowared another day.

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Ref. Colossians 2:13-24

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