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Feed the Hungry

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Luke 3:11 ESV And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

 

Proverbs 28:27 ESV Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

 

Matthew 25:35 ESV For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

 

We're all familiar with the command to feed the hungry. What I want to know is, is this command unconditional? What I mean is, are we to still provide food to those who are able to feed themselves, but won't, like someone who refuses to get a job when they could? How about those who already receive assistance of some kind, but do the wrong thing with it, like people who get welfare and buy cigarettes with it instead of food?

 

This comes to mind.....

 

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

 

But it's written to the church. Should this verse then only be applied to those who are in Christ?



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Dear Sister...

 

I help feed the poor and do a little meals on wheels car run on a Sunday. I know that one of the people I help has money, but he does not have the correct cooking facilities for a Sunday roast lunch, I do not think about the money aspect really, you kind of will know who needs some food in their stomach?

 

If a person has enough food to spare then why not offer your childrens friends a meal, or you could invite people to lunch from church. I think that God calls a much needed situation to a persons heart, maybe to clothe - feed- or simply give a little hello and share a coffee with someone who is lonely. Some people really need a friendly smile from time to time. 

 

Can I ask if a situation has come into your life regarding this food issue? 

 

Love & Blessings Sis Agape  :wub:



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This comes to mind.....

 

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

 

But it's written to the church. Should this verse then only be applied to those who are in Christ?

 

Is it loving for those who are truly in need for our resources to be given to those abusing the generosity of others or "the state"?



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You ask a good question....

 

For me personally, it's really quite simple.

 

If someone asks for help I will give it, and if they "ask amiss" or use it for something other than what was intended...well, I figure that is between them and the Lord.



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Luke 3:11 ESV And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

 

Proverbs 28:27 ESV Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

 

Matthew 25:35 ESV For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

 

We're all familiar with the command to feed the hungry. What I want to know is, is this command unconditional? What I mean is, are we to still provide food to those who are able to feed themselves, but won't, like someone who refuses to get a job when they could? How about those who already receive assistance of some kind, but do the wrong thing with it, like people who get welfare and buy cigarettes with it instead of food?

 

This comes to mind.....

 

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

 

But it's written to the church. Should this verse then only be applied to those who are in Christ?

If you are talking about those who  hold up a cardboard sign on the street I usually do not give to them.I know that there are alot of agencies and resources for those people.They can use their EBT cards for things they can eat.I might give them a bottle of water or a gift certificate for a burger but never cash.I do know that many,many are abusing the system.They are very dishonest.That is making it alot harder for those who are definately disabled and need the services.



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You ask a good question....

 

For me personally, it's really quite simple.

 

If someone asks for help I will give it, and if they "ask amiss" or use it for something other than what was intended...well, I figure that is between them and the Lord.

That is a good attitute to have as well.



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I never met a Christian who was unwilling to own 2 coats.

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Atwood, can you elaborate on what you've said and how it applies to the OP? Thanks.



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I never met a Christian who was unwilling to own 2 coats.

 

When I was homeless, (thirty years) I would have had no need for two coats and I was a Christian.

So you have just met one  :thumbsup:



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Blessings chloe......

      God Bless you ,dear Sister....I would have to agree with McGyver,for me personally ,,,,,I would give(if so directed or moved by the Holy Spirit)to do so & the what the recipient does with what I have given is between them & the Lord.

        I will say to you on so many occasions I have felt compelled by the Spirit to give(even but a dollar if that is all I had)to a person that clearly looked high on drugs or drink & my better judgement would tell me that they will just get high with the money (offer them food & they usually will refuse)......but in obedience I have approached many such as these,with a dollar in hand & it was but an opportunity that God put in front of me to tell them that Jesus loves them.......I have witnessed so many brought to tears & convicted by the Holy spirit and so a seed was planted,or watered as we are just the laborers in Gods vast Harvest Field,,,,,,,,Pray chloe,for the Holy Spirit to lead you & the Lord directs our footsteps in directions our logical mind would not  take us.

      Praise & Glory to God,may we nourish a mans spirit in the Name of Jesus!..........................

                                                                                                                                          With love-in Christ,Kwik



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Thanks, everyone, for your answers. :emot-heartbeat:



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It is better to offer an able person odd jobs or yard work than a hand out.

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It is better to offer an able person odd jobs or yard work than a hand out.

 

You forgot to mention , befriend them.

 

Had I not been befriended, my thirty years of homelessness would have continued.

 

True it took many years, but the person that became my friend persevered.

Her family felt the impact of our friendship and so did I.

I became a member of their family , treated as a son even if I slept on a park bench. 

 

My new found family never gave me handouts, never!

 

They gave me respect , friendship , they took care of my needs and when I was sick and unable to be admitted to hospital, 

they paid for a private room and all my medical expenses.

 

They asked for nothing in return , only my honesty and my friendship. 

That I can say I always gave them and still do. 

Giovanna passed away  only a few years ago, a Lady in the true sense of the word, a second mother. 

 

Her husband Roberto and son Alessandro phone weekly. 

I am still part of their family. 

 

Feeding someone, giving them a handout or a menial task to do calls for no commitment. 

It's the step beyond that which benefits both parties with blessings. 

 



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Nigel, forgive me for my fear. In our country the homeless are more apt to be insane, on drugs, or running from the law. While I have reached out to a few, it was very risky and eventually my husband stopped me. I had even found one a job detailing cars, for which he was fired for stealing from them. It would definitely have to be something that both of us would need to be told by God to do. He was a sociopath running from drug lords after stealing from them, I later learned. There have been others. Most were in their late teens and most rejected my friendship. I occasionally still pray for a couple of them. At the time I had never felt threatened, so God protected me. I so admire the lady who befriended you and am thankful.

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Nigel, forgive me for my fear. In our country the homeless are more apt to be insane, on drugs, or running from the law. While I have reached out to a few, it was very risky and eventually my husband stopped me. I had even found one a job detailing cars, for which he was fired for stealing from them. It would definitely have to be something that both of us would need to be told by God to do. He was a sociopath running from drug lords after stealing from them, I later learned. There have been others. Most were in their late teens and most rejected my friendship. I occasionally still pray for a couple of them. At the time I had never felt threatened, so God protected me. I so admire the lady who befriended you and am thankful.

 

I understand what you are saying and I apologise if my post could be interpreted as if I was attacking you, after all I quoted your post.

That was not my intent.  :)

 

It's hard , there are so many reasons that someone is homeless, a myriad of reasons.

 

All I can do is encourage you and others not to give up after a negative experience.

 

Praying for all those you have met and will meet ,

God Bless you Willa.

 

Love Nigel. 



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Most homeless people are not apt to be on drugs. Most can't afford drugs...and nobody is giving them away free. Also insane is a criminal term not a medical one.



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Most homeless people are not apt to be on drugs. Most can't afford drugs...and nobody is giving them away free. Also insane is a criminal term not a medical one.

 

Logan brings up a very good point.  :thumbsup:

 

Question :-  How many Americans or any other citizen around the world are just a few pay cheques away from being homeless?

 

In keeping with the thread's OP , "Food for thought" in my opinion. 



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I have worked with the homeless and those who need assistance for years now.  Though we rarely turned anyone away, I have often seen some who came in and thought about 2 Thessalonians 3:10

 

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

 

Those who I could relate this to are the young and/or healthy who just refuse to be responsible people but could easily find work if they just looked.






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