Offering Help

"The law of Moses says, 'If a man gouges out another's eye, he must pay with his own eye. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the one who did it. But I say: Don't resist violence! If you are slapped on one cheek, turn the other too. If you are ordered to court, and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat too. If the military demand that you carry their gear for a mile, carry it two. Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow."

Matthew 5: 38-42 (TLB)

Becca Stiegelmar lives in Texas. Becca and her boyfriend were approached in a grocery store parking lot by a man they assumed to be homeless. He asked politely if they had a dollar to spare, as he wanted to buy tacos from a nearby fast-food restaurant. Becca's boyfriend quickly got out his wallet and gave the man $20. The man initially refused, but her boyfriend explained, "I know it's a rough world out here; anything can help." When the man finally accepted and gave them permission to pray with him, they prayed for his protection and Christ's continued care for him. They watched the man cross the street and enter the restaurant. Once in the car, Becca asked her boyfriend what compelled him to be so generous. He said simply, "I felt God tugging at my heart to help him."

Charity is one of the many virtues that Christ asks us to practice daily. Any act, whether giving to someone in need or just spending time with a lonely person, glorifies Christ and is an outward expression of his love. When we trust and act on the "heart tugs," we can change the outcome of someone's day. We don't know the impact we may have on others.

Prayer: Loving God, grant us the courage to help others in any way we can. May we glorify you and show your love through acts of charity, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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