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Bible Text: Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1Timothy 5:7-8)

"Charity begins at home, but shouldn't end there." A good pastor will teach these things, so all will know what God expects of them.  Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.

God’s normal way of providing for the needy is not through the church, but through our own hard work. In the strongest terms, Paul emphasized the responsibility of a man to provide for his family to do all he could to support them. The Germans will always say “Charity sees the need, not the cause”.
Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.

To be poor does not mean you lack the means to extend charity to another. You may lack money or food, but you have the gift of friendship to overwhelm the loneliness that grips the lives of so many.

A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.

Let us help others, God tests and proves us by the common occurrences of life. It is the little things which reveal the chapters of the heart. Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.

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