June 18, 2020

Give cheerfully. - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Deuteronomy 15: 10,  “God will bless you in all   your works and in all  to which you put your hand.”

From the above context we learn that God loves a cheerful giver. And when one gives unto his fellow men it pleases God Himself, and in return the Lord will bless you in all   your works and in all to which you put your hand.”The Bible says, usually the heart of man is wicked. He is rather selfish and never wants to share what he has. That is a wicked heart indeed, which raises evil thoughts from the good law of God.     One must keep out of their minds the very thought of sin. It is a dreadful thing to have the cry of the poor justly against us. Grudge not a kindness to your brother; distrust not the providence of God. What you wish to do, do it freely, for God loves a cheerful giver. 

God admonishes the people of Israel to be kind and gentle when they deal with the strangers. He reminds them that once they too were strangers in the land of Egypt.   Thou shall surely give him, or lend to him sufficiently as that person is extremely poor. And God says, “”When you give him  your heart shall not be grieved  at parting with the  money for  he has little or no hope of seeing again, such an amount of money,   and,  God expects that it should be  given freely and cheerfully, for God loves a cheerful giver, because  for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all you  put your  hand into; that is, for lending or giving largely, liberally, and cheerfully, to persons in distress. 

God through Moses directs the people of Israel as to how, they need to treat the poor in the land they go to.  If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard   hearted toward them. Rather, be open handed and freely lend them whatever they need.  Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for cancelling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.  There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open  handed  toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land. For it was the custom in Israel that, at the end of every seven years, their servants should be released of all their debts. The master who has lent anything to his neighbour should release it. He should not penalise his brother or his servant regarding this release,  as it was known as the Lords Release. 

Having read this message, do you feel that if you release the debts to those who have borrowed from you,   that  you will be at a great loss?  No never, because God watches your good heart and will reward you accordingly. Never force or compel your debtors to return the money they borrowed from you within the stipulated time for they may not be able to do so. Never torture anyone but deal gently as the word of God has instructed,  then God will be pleased with your motive and bless you and your children. The Bible says , “Money is the root cause of all evil.”  The rich rules   over the poor. And the borrower is servant to the lender. Therefore he who has  a generous eye will be blessed. There is one who scatters yet increases, more. And there is one who withholds more than is right. But  it  leads to poverty. For the generous soul  will be made rich.  And he who waters will   also  be watered himself. God bless you. 


Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day.   Lord teach us to be generous   at heart. May we deal gently   with our servants and our fellow men. Help us to consider the poor and not charge interest from them. Grant us the needed wisdom to deal carefully  with the debtors and not hurt their feelings, by being harsh or rude towards them. Let us be merciful and extend kindness to them when they go through severe financial crisis. 

 In Jesus name we pray,


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