Does Charity Begin at Home?

Previously this week, I posted, “..our call is to love who God loves, feed who God feeds, and heal our broken world”.

In the comments section someone posted, “Charity begins at home.”  I ‘liked’ the comment an went about my day.  Yet a question nagged at me, ‘Is that supported by scripture?’

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1Timothy 5:8)

Those are strong words!  No doubt we are called to be charitable within our own homes and with our families.  Yet God’s call doesn’t stop at home though.  Where He expects us to start is unclear.

Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. (Matthew 5:42)

You know the commandments: “Never commit adultery. Never murder. Never steal. Never give false testimony. Honor your father and mother.'”

The official replied, “I have kept all of these since I was a young man.”

When Jesus heard this, he told him, “You still need to do one thing. Sell everything you have and give the money to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me.” (Luke 18:20-22)

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