“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” — Galatians 6 – 2,3
“Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.” – Matthew 5 – 42
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
These two verses talk about helping those people who need help. Sometimes helping needy people means more than giving to a charity once in a while. Your help may come from spending time to help someone you know. It is important to make sure when you help a friend, that the friend does not feel obligated to you. You are not helping if you expect something in return.
Jesus said that you should give anonymously when possible. That way the needy person you help does not feel the pressure of repaying your gift every time they see you. It is not always possible to give anonymously, but at least make it clear that the person you helped does not owe you.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
I grew up in a small town in Northern California called Paradise. Many of my friends from my childhood continued to live in Paradise. Three years ago, there was a major fire that burned down most of the town. Almost 7,000 homes were lost. The home where I grew up was completely burned to the ground.
I left Paradise before I graduated from high school, but I stayed in touch with many of my friends. When I heard about the fire I called one of my closest friends and asked him how everyone was doing. He told me that most of my friends completely lost their homes. He said they still did not wish to leave Paradise. In many cases, they rented travel trailers and lived in trailers until they could re-build. The inspections could take one to two years because the public buildings had priority. This was an awful situation for my friends. I asked how I could help even though I am not wealthy.
My friend told me that the help they needed the most was items that could help them live until their house was rebuilt. Dishes, knives, small furniture, etc.
I talked with my wife about it. We decided to purchase gift cards from Lowes. There was a large Lowes store in Chico, only thirteen miles from Paradise. We gave the gift cards to my friend. My friend gave the cards to other people so they would not know the cards came from me.
I made a trip to Paradise and met with many of my friends during the high school reunion. It was so nice that no one knew the souse of the gift cards except the friend that helped me. During my conversations with my friends, I knew my friends were not meeting with me of obligation.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
Helping the needy can mean helping those people close to you. You will find that your friendship can be much stronger if there is no obligation for support. When you review your life you will find that getting credit for the good things you do is not as important as doing what you can to make a stronger difference for people in need.