Unfortunately, there is shame connected with receiving charity. People often react to offers of assistance with, “I don’t take charity” or “I’m not a charity case.”

This seems to be rooted in our wish to provide for ourselves and our families, and our desire to follow the inspired word of 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “…If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” It’s admirable that most people strive to take care of their own, be responsible, hold a job, and put food on the table. But, sometimes we experience calamities. Job loss, sickness, disaster, or even the death of a loved one can leave us in need. This makes us “occasionally poor.” We don’t want the stigma of “poor” put on us, but the reality is, at the time, we are poor. We have needs that we are unable to meet.

Are we always accepting of the assistance someone tries to share with us? Does pride get in the way? I speak from experience, it is humbling to be an adult with a wife and children and have to accept charity. But, it’s also inspiring and joyful and fulfilling God’s word. God asks us to take care of the poor among us, Proverbs 3:27, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.” How can His children fulfill that command if we refuse to allow them?

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