Is it Possible to be Too Generous?
Is it possible to be too generous?
Someone recently confided that in giving so much money away, he had neglected his own family. If giving interferes with the ability to manage your home, extend hospitality, and provide for your family, examine if you’re giving too much elsewhere. The Apostle Paul said “… 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.” (1 Timothy 5:8 ESV) We must ask the Lord for balance. We should lovingly give to our family members unless they abuse it on selfish whims or sinful living. Dollars may help in certain situations, but sharing Biblical financial truths may direct their course for a lifetime. If giving creates dependence or irresponsibility then the development of skills and a strong work ethic will be prevented.
Children observe and learn from our behavior. Our giving will demonstrate the Lord’s generosity to us and to them. Allow them to navigate through challenges so they can learn responsibility. Come alongside when you see them making a genuine effort. Give to strengthen, build, and encourage, but never to manipulate. Don’t ignore the needs of your parents. In Matthew 15, Jesus strongly reprimanded the Pharisees who, for the sake of their tradition, neglected their parents and wrongly justified it. Jesus told them they “made void the word of God.” Culture is changing rapidly and we need to be prepared to care for loved ones. Wouldn’t you want them to do the same for you?
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