Friday, August 15, 2008

Do You Give Or Judge

How many times has someone came up to you on the streets and asked you for help with gas money, or food money, etc. How many times have you seen that person with their hand out, and you quickly avert your eyes the other way so that they will not bother asking you? How many times do you say, I bet they are raking in the money from these poor naive people giving to them? Well, turn to Deuteronomy and see what the LORD has to say about it.

Deut. 15 v 7-11....."If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs. Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: "the seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near," so that you do not show ill will toward your needy brother and give him nothing. He may then appeal to the LORD against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. Give generously to him 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 brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.".......

The word says not to put off until later what you are able to do now. In other words, don't say well, if I see them here again tomorrow I will give. Tomorrow may never come.

Someone said once,and this is so important, once you release that money into their hands, then the responsibility of that money is on them not you. That money no longer belongs to you, and therefore is no longer your responsibility to worry about how it is spent. When you gave that money with the right heart, and without judging, God will reward with His blessing. That is what His word says, and His word will not come back void. So if you are going to worry about what they are going to do with the money, then don't give it, because you cause yourself to sin. Practice giving with a generous heart, and realize that your duty ended when you passed the money to their hands. AMEN!

Remember, Jesus said, "when you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto Me."


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