When You Should and Shouldn’t Help

Compassion may not be commonly seen as before, but it is one of the basic feelings in humans. We help each other out to get through many problems in life, like countries sending help to other countries that are in distress without asking in return. We do this because we feel compassion towards others, even if they do not do the same.

However, there are times that we should limit sending help. The Bible teaches us to be resourceful and not be lazy:

(2 Peter 1:8)  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The word barren came from the Greek word ἀργός (argos), meaning inactive, unemployed, lazy, useless, idle, slow. (Read the previous verses to understand the context more.)

Even if we do not talk about the Bible or any religious beliefs, it is true that being lazy is frowned upon because as individuals, we are expected to:

  1. at least support ourselves, and
  2. contribute something to the society no matter how small.

The thing is, many people have become lazy. Yes, there are people who can’t work because of disabilities and I am not talking about them. I am talking about able-bodied people who can do all sorts of jobs but they just don’t want to lift a finger. There are also people who have jobs but just don’t want to get out of their comfort zones because they fear inconvenience.

If these kinds of people are asking help from you, help them to be productive and not by giving them money. Lazy people don’t have pride when receiving help from others. They will take your money without hesitation. On the other hand, hardworking people will tell you that they can manage even if they are financially struggling.

Let us not encourage lazy people to be lazier. If you really want to help, help those who:

  1. need immediate relief,
  2. can’t get out of the hospital because of outstanding balances,
  3. are victims of domestic abuse,
  4. are suffering from a serious medical condition,
  5. and many others!

But in the end, it is up to you to assess whether a person deserves to be helped or not. Be wiser every day. 🙂

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