A Higher Way, Part V

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

Matthew 5:42

We looked yesterday at one specific application of this verse, but today, I would like to take a broader look at the truth contained in it.  The verse is all about generosity.  There is a fake “generosity” that gives in hopes of receiving.  This is true generosity that gives, hoping for nothing in return.

Generosity is not part of human nature.  Human nature is to get as much as possible and keep as much of that as possible.  Giving doesn’t make sense to the natural man, which is why we need the help of One greater than us.

“Give to him that asketh of thee…”  We are supposed to give to people.  It’s that simple.  If someone asks something of us, we are to do our best to give them what they require.  It may not be convenient for us.  It may not be financially beneficial.  But it is an example of generosity.

“…and from his that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”  Financial planners all tell us “don’t loan money to ____.”  And, if we look at everything from the standpoint of dollars and cents, it would make sense to never loan money to ____.”  However, if we were to follow the advice of the Lord, we would look to Proverbs 19:17, “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”  That is an interesting promise – the poor person who asks for something is a bad credit risk.  There is a good chance that he will not “pay again.”  But how good of a “credit risk” is the Lord Himself?  It is said that he that gives to the poor “lendeth unto the LORD.”  That is incredible.

Would we be willing to “lend unto the Lord?”  We have been told just how to do that.  “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”

2 responses to this post.

  1. I love that ,Ben . . .lend unto the Lord. Would I say no to Him? Hope not! God bless you as you take us through this verse!

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