Today I am doing two separate scriptures but complimentary scriptures to consider. The first is:
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, hving compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”
1 Peter 3:8
This tells us that we need to be courteous with compassion and pity for one another as we experience needs or difficulties. When another is in need, help them.
The second to consider is:
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
This tells us that as long as we are able bodied we are to do our own work and earn our own way, to not take advantage of the compassion courtesy and pity of others. Do not go through life idly expecting others to feed us when we are able to earn our way.
What does it say to you? Does it not tell you that it is okay to ask for a hand up, but not a handout? Do not sit idly, eating the bread and drinking the wine of your brethren while they toil to make a living.
I look at the sloth in the world, especially in America where the program that started by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a hand up to the widows and families of people who had perished in combat in World War II, to help them get back on their feet is now a way of life for over 1/3 of the American population. Some of these people are getting a hand up, while others have made welfare a career for generations.