When should I give or lend?

BethanySMC - Thursday, 9 February 2012 09:34

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Mat5:42

  What should I do if someone asks to borrow money from me? How do I approach such cases as the one who should represent Jesus and His teaching faithfully?

 Jesus instructs us Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. How do I apply this to my life without breaking other scriptures that deal with this issue as well?

 There is no doubt about it, that if you are able to help you should defiantly do it. If God has blessed you, he wants you to bless others who are less fortunate than you. Either you give or lend, you should do it expecting nothing back. This is the area where we have to have some discernment. If you know that the resources that are asked of you are going to be used for evil, you have the freedom to say no because you do not want to be a partaker of evil. God himself doesn’t give you everything that you ask: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  James 4:3

 On the other hand, if you have genuine faith and you see your brother in need or he comes asking you for assistance, even willing to pay you back – you should give as much as God has blessed you. Give as much as you would give to the Lord if He asked you for help. Lend as much as you can forgive and not ask back.

 You cannot give or lend and than feel bitter toward the one whom you have helped, if they do not or cannot pay you back. If you feel bitterness – that is a good indicator that your heart is not right and you didn’t do it as to the Lord. God will repay you in His time and perhaps you do not deserve what you have already.

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