It’s a Hebrew word and is a requirement, according to the Jewish religion. I imagine that most all religions have a similar concept.
It means that we don’t wait for someone to ask us for help. It means that we OFFER our assistance to those we believe need it. That may be in the form of money or doing a favor or giving of our time.
We are supposed to REACH OUT. This really hit me a while ago when I heard someone say that they didn’t want to “interfere” in a friend’s problem. That they weren’t asked to help, so they felt it was not their place to offer.
That seemed backwards to me. It never hurt to offer – as long as we use our common sense on HOW we do it. Offering help shows we care – it doesn’t overstep boundaries.
I suppose if you asked a person over and over – that would be intrusive.