Too Helpful? (Psalm 139:23-24)

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Is it possible to be too helpful? Can our helpfulness actually make life more difficult for others? Yes, if we’re being bothersome, intrusive, smothering, manipulative, or controlling. If the help we are giving is driven only by our own anxiety, we may be just trying to help ourselves.

Our efforts to help others, especially those we love the most, will never be completely free from anxiety. But we can, by God’s grace, begin to love freely with no strings attached, as God Himself loves. The test, of course, and the measure of our progress, is the way we react when our “helpfulness” is unrecognized or goes unrewarded (see Luke 14:12-14). – David Roper

Please help me, Lord, in all I do To act and think with motives true; And by Your love reveal to me Those sins that only You can see. – D. De Haan

In our desire to help, let’s love with pure motives.

–       April 7, Vol. 20, Our Daily Bread

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