Is all help good? How should I do it? Follow these steps to become the Good Samaritan. Knowing how to listen. We must take this aspect as the most important of all.
Knowing how to listen
“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:10-11
We must take this aspect as the most important of all. Many times we are taken by our own problems, which we often endow with an importance that they do not have. Knowing how to listen to others is a great way to help those who need it. We just have to put aside our selfishness, remain meditating in order to listen to our hearts guided by the love of God.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you. Proverbs 3:27-28
It is practically impossible to start thinking about extending a hand to others without first generating empathy with those who need our help.
Putting oneself in the other's place and trying to feel what my brother feels at that moment is the motor that drives our sense of duty and our vocation to help. Let us practice this aspect very well in order to be useful to the Lord.
Being a good advisor
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8
Because our task is not finished by knowing how to listen or generating empathy with those who need help, but we must also give wise advice worthy of the pride of God. That is why we must remember that the best advice we can offer is to turn to the teachings of Christ to find the answer.
“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Luke 3:10-11
Perhaps the most difficult aspect to achieve is that of being stripped.
We all know well the effort required to acquire those things that contribute to our well-being, while we all know very well that we really deserve it, but being generous with others is about giving up certain benefits in order for our neighbor to have the help needed .
“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Romans 12:13-14
To receive help when you need it, is one of the most exciting sensations, the rain in times of drought, the answer to our prayers.
But we must also consider taking our help to the next level and being open, inviting those who ask for help to our community, teaching them that everyone is welcome there and that together they can help you better. Let us remember how God invites us to follow him and to always surround ourselves with much love.
Setting the example
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
Let's just think for a moment about how children repeat what we do instead of what we say: in this way our actions influence others.
Because it is the best way to keep the word of God alive, because He wanted it that way, because beyond the teachings that the Holy Bible leaves us, much more important were the examples of unconditional love that the Holy Father has left us as a legacy invaluable.