“But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil.” Luke 6:35 (HCSB)
Generosity is often tested when we have the opportunity to give money to people who we think, for one reason or another do not deserve it. It is true we can accidentally perpetuate unhealthy cycles of dependence, or sustain addictions by giving people money. But, those possibilities should not keep us from giving when we have opportunity. Sometimes food or clothes can be given in lieu of cash. We can be wise, discerning, and loving. And generous.
The above verse has propelled me to be more generous without worry. I cannot verify whether every person on the street is out of work, homeless, just been evicted, needs a bus ticket, or some other story. Anyone I give to will give an account for how they spend, but so will I for how I give. “Lend, expecting nothing in return.” That’s pretty much the same thing as giving. It’s also a better way.
The video below from New York sums up that verse pretty nicely.