When Is Enough Enough?

Q. I truly believe that we are to help our family and neighbors but at what point is it enough? My oldest sister died when she was 38 year old leaving a husband and four children. Her husband has also since passed away. My parents, sisters and I have helped out these 4 kids, who are now adults, over and over and over. They are all physically and mentally okay but they all dropped out of school and pretty much live off the state and don’t seem to want to do better. When is enough enough?

A. Enough is enough when those you’re caring for have both the maturity and ability to take care of them selves. The Bible is very clear in saying we should help those who can’t help themselves. But it’s just as clear in saying that those who can take care of themselves should be required to do so. In 2 Thes. 3:10 Paul said, “If a man will not work he shall not eat.”

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