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Message From The Pastor

 Toxic Compassion

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge with a stranger, 2if you have been trapped by the words of your lips, ensnared by the words of your mouth, 3then do this, my son, to free yourself, for you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go, humble yourself,  and press your plea with your neighbor. 4Allow no sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids. 5Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,  like a bird from the snare of the fowler. ~ Proverbs 6:1-5 (BSB)

I am currently preaching through a series on the book of Proverbs. In my sermon a few weeks ago I mentioned a term called Toxic Compassion. This is when our good intentions of helping others out with their daily load actually ends up hurting them or even us in the process. In Proverbs 6 the writer warns against taking on the responsibility of paying off another person’s debt. This passage pleads with the reader to get out of such obligations and even not to ever get into this commitment.

I have a book in my library that deals with this very subject. The title of the book is When Helping Hurts. It is written by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Here are a couple of wise quotes from the book:

“Until we embrace our mutual brokenness, our work with low-income people is likely to do more harm than good. I sometimes unintentionally reduce poor people to objects that I use to fulfill my own need to accomplish something. I am not okay, and you are not okay. But Jesus can fix us both.”

“If we treat only the symptoms or if we misdiagnose the underlying problem, we will not improve their situation, and we might actually make their lives worse.”

I will be continuing our series in Proverbs during our Sunday morning service. This topic of helping the poor will be revisited in future sermons. May we learn to have wisdom in helping the poor. It is not helpful to be taking on the responsibilities that they need to be doing themselves. Please join me on Sunday mornings as we seek God’s wisdom in this area.

In Christ,  Pastor Ken

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