God tells us to help others but He never told us to be stupid. At some point, you’ve got to be able to draw a line between being kind and being gullible. When the word spreads that you’re a ‘sucker’, everybody will come to you with their hand out.
As Christians, we enjoy helping others. I honestly believe most people give to others with the Spirit of God in their hearts. But, sometimes we take for granted how evil this world is. People will abuse and take advantage of your loving Spirit and kind nature. They will take, take, take from you and you’re naive believing you’re helping them when you’re actually just enabling them. When you no longer have anything to give they will dump you and find the next person.
I know how you feel. I am the same way. We feel guilty by having extra when someone else has none at all. Because we know the abundance we obtain doesn’t come from us, but from God, we usually don’t hesitate to share with someone in need.
Although sharing is honorable in the sight of God, it’s important that you give when God tells you to give. God doesn’t always tell us to give. Most times we subconsciously do it before we even examine the whole situation. At that point, we are giving for emotional fulfillment and God never asked us to give out of guilty satisfaction.
Be a giver but don’t turn into the ‘family sucker’. Don’t think for a minute that the takers around don’t talk to each other. The memo is out… you’re easy!
Giving is a form of Worship. We should help others when we’re instructed to do so by God. That’s why we should pray that He orders our steps. It’s His system. He tells us who to bless according to who He is trying to demonstrate the extension of His love to.
God loves a cheerful giver but He never told us to go broke trying to please others. When you have something to give then give. When it’s not your season to give, be content with not being able to give and rest knowing that God knows if you had it to give you would have done so.
2 Corinthians 9:7
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”