Most people honestly want to do the right thing and do things the correct way. There are, of course, some who take pleasure in violating other peoples rights, freedoms and honor; but thank God these people are the minority.
Despite the desire to either do thing right (or the fear of doing things wrong), that in and of itself does not guarantee anything. Much can be learned about ourselves by examining our attitude toward others, and specifically when someone else is going through a rough stretch.
If the love of God does indeed dwell within us, when seeing someone in need, love dictates DOING something to help. Love in no ways justifies judgment, condemnation or the assumption the other person must be a horrible sinner to have brought upon themselves the woes they have.
The Bible is very clear about the proper response that should be manifested when seeing someone in need. In I John 3:17 it states:
¬Å But whoso hath this world's good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him ?"
This is the verse many people want to take a black magic marker and eliminate from their Bibles. This, for many people, is the equivalent of Jesus telling the rich young ruler to sell everything and follow Him. Just as that man could not do it, so most people cannot begin to do what the verse above says to do. It is just too difficult.
It is, comparatively speaking, very easy to TALK about helping others in need. It is, comparatively speaking, very easy to text a $10 pledge to help with a disaster many thousands of miles away. It is even pretty easy to pray for someone facing a huge challenge physically, mentally or spiritually. When you get right down to it, it is easy to "help" someone just so long as it does not entail actually having to part with ones money, time or heart.
Actually, the exhortation we read in I John is quite easy compared to the instructions Jesus Christ gave during the so called "Sermon on the Mount". The degree of love demanded by Jesus was and still is beyond the grasp of most people's ability to comprehend.
I leave you with the words of Jesus Himself as spoken in Matthew 5:38-44. May these words serve to remind all of us of how deep into our very souls the truth must reach in order to genuinely manifest the true love of God.
¬Å ' Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth :
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also .
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also .
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain .
Give to him that asks thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away .
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shall love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy .
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you ."