“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12, NIV)
I learned a lot from a Buddhist friend. She dismissed my concerns that a homeless man might misuse money. She advised me it was his responsibility to use it appropriately. My duty was to respond and leave him to God-very difficult for me.
This discussion changed my focus when helping people in need. Kindness springs from the hearts of grateful people. In thankfulness, we can help by words and deeds.
Done without arrogance or feelings of superiority, generosity blesses the giver and the recipient.
In the words Paul attributed to Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35, NIV).
Our world has given us many opportunities to enjoy these blessings.