Here’s what Acts 9.36 says about her: “In the town of Joppa, there lived a disciple named Tabitha. She was always doing good things to help others—especially to help the widows (women whose husbands had died) and the poor.”
Tabitha was herself a widow and she was still young. She herself wasn’t poor—she had her own place and her own money… more than enough for just one person.
But because she’d lost her husband, she was motivated to help other women like her who didn’t have their own place or their own money.
Tabitha was known in her town as someone who loved and cared for others—not because she wanted anything in return, but simply because it was the right thing to do.
Tabitha has given us a great example of what healthy Christian love looks like.
Jesus said, in Luke chapter 6:
Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then go do it for them!
If you only love lovable people, do you expect a prize or reward? Everyday sinners do that.
If you only help those who help you, do you expect a trophy? Everyday sinners do that.
If you only give because of what you hope to get out of it, do you really think that’s kindness? Even stingy people will do this.