Forgiveness and Generosity

Friday – May 18th 2007

 

Forgiveness and Generosity

 “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. “And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the Lord’s release.

Deuteronomy 15:1-2

 

“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, “but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.

Deuteronomy 15:7-8

 

          Forgiveness and generosity in my view go hand and hand in many ways. It is very difficult for a person to be generosity when they are very unforgiving. A generous person is typically munificent with their forgiveness, as well as the many other things their lives are blessed with. For you see to be forgiving is to be generous and generosity is found in the act of forgiveness.

 

          In verses one and two God clearly ask His people to absolve one another of any debt owed to each other after a period of seven years. This is from where we get our laws regarding bad credit or bad debit. Once a period of seven years has passed if the debtor is unable to pay, the creditor is supposed to write their debt off as a loss.

  

In much the same way, there should come a time when we as people willing to release those who are in debt to us. That debt could be inclusive of money, a material possession they owe us, a hurt they have caused us [with or without remorse], or a long forgotten object one has borrowed. It is often much more difficult to continue to try to collect a debt which cannot or will not ever be repaid. Remember a person can never give back to you exactly what they have taken from you!

 

          The need for generosity among people will go on as long as there are people. As long as people go on there will be those among them which will be considered poor. God commands us in verse seven and eight to be willing to open our hearts and hands to help those who are in need around us. Those in want of what many of us take for granted everyday and give not a second thought to having available at or call; food, clothing, shelter, books, a degree of entertainment and items to enjoy.

 

God also ask us to take care of those within our gates aka our immediate area, town, location. Not those in a distant land. We have plenty of people in need within a thousand miles of us; regardless, of where we are. Yet, we will still send a $1.00 to a foreign land through seven people who take .10 cent each. When it arrives to that person in need there is only .30 cent left. In another instance one could take $1.00 and buy the homeless person wondering the streets of their town a hotdog and that person stomach will be filled for a few hours. Tell me this, “What could you get for .30 cent and what could you get for $1.00?” The two do not compare. We have an obligation to those closes to us, first. As God has pointed out! Furthermore, we should be willing to look at those around us each day and meet their needs. God says to open your heart and hand and “willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.” Are you willing?

           We need to examine our hearts and see how forgiving and generous we truly are. Is our heart hard and stony or soft and loving? Answering how generous and forgiving we are will give us a clue regarding the answer to the former question.

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5 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. funny how something like this is posted just when I need it! Thanks!

  2. I feel blessed that you thought it a blessing! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  4. i did not realize the seven year window was based on a biblical principle. how very interesting!

    • So much of the way we do business in our country, so many of our laws…most that is, are based on biblical principles. – – – Dead Sea Scrolls and PTM Writer


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