Understanding Generosity

You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings. – Deuteronomy 15:10

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The Lord knows the hearts of all people and He knew that when the Israelites were asked to loan money to their fellow tribesmen in the 6th year (just prior to the 7th, when all debts had to be forgiven), they would be hesitant to do it. In fact, a 6th-year loan was more like a gift, because the likelihood of repayment was little or nothing. Can you just imagine the flurry of borrowing that occurred in the spring of that 6th year?

Consider as well, the attitude of the borrower. To go to a lender and expect them to give you what you asked (under these terms) would be to expect nothing less than grace, unmerited favor. Perhaps that is what God was teaching Israel, to give them an example of His undeserved generosity. Yet, isn’t it also what He is teaching us, and expecting of us? Considering our own forgiven debt (based upon the payment of His Son at Calvary), how could we ever be stingy?

God will bless a generous heart, because it reveals a heart that understands the true nature of His grace.

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same. – Philip Gibbs

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