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Helping others 2

'They refused to pay attention...and would not listen.' Zechariah 7:11-12 NIV

Accept it - some people simply aren't ready to change! They'll demand our time and energy, but when we get right down to it, they won't pay the price for progress.

Who are they? (1) People who want to talk but not listen. James speaks about two kinds of people - hearers and doers. 'Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves' (James 1:22 NKJV). Instead of striving endlessly to meet other people's needs, try to connect them to the one who can. They should be dependent on the Lord, not us. (2) People who don't think we're qualified to help them. Jesus wasn't respected in his home town, yet he was the very person they needed (see John 1:11-12). Opportunity doesn't always knock; sometimes it stands by, waiting to be recognised! When people are unwilling to accept our help and advice, chances are they may not be ready to grow and deal with their problems. (3) People who want what we have, but not what we know. These people want to be rescued but not instructed; comforted but not corrected. And when we keep bailing them out instead of teaching them how to live, we're not really helping them.

David said, 'It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes' (Psalm 119:71 NKJV). Often people have to experience the pain of what's wrong before they appreciate the wisdom of what's right. So, when it comes to helping people - be discerning.

Soulfood: Exo 39-40 Luke 15:11-32 Ps 135 Pro 7:21-23,

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