Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Helping the Hopeless- Even When They Are Family

Question received: The Bible says in 1 Timothy to provide for your family. My brother is just going to use all money on drugs. Should I help him?

My Answer:

Your brother needs help. It does not sound like he is a Christian or is with a body of believers. Who do you think will help him? You can buy groceries or give him a gift card to a grocery store. You could pay utility bills directly. You might still get burnt some how. Our Father does not give up on us.

Exodus 34:6 [NASB] "Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;"

The above verse describes the character of God. Are you showing Godly character to your brother?

Paul speaks to Timothy in the following verse to the advise the young minister should give to those in his care.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV

"But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

The wisdom of this following verse has been taught to me by pastors. In philanthropy recipients should be asked if any family members could help the person financially before the church gets involved. Why? This family ministry to each other can restore family relationships. Churches should not prevent this.

1 Timothy 5:3-4 ESV

"Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God."

Should you throw away money unwisley on your brother? NO.

Is your brother Unsaveable? What do you think. Trust the Word of God.

Isaiah 59:1 [NASB] "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear".

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