Dealing with beggars

Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

This is from Matthew 5. It challenged me this morning because I normally ignore beggars on the basis that giving them something only feeds a bad habit. If they didn’t get anything they wouldn’t sit there – and if they didn’t just sit there they may do something about whatever it was that brought them this low in the first place. I also suspect that many of them have just found a way of tapping gullible people for cash – easier than working.
So what do I do about the words of the gospel?

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