Lend To The Lord

Men, who would you lend money to? Would you lend to anyone who asked? What about close family; would they be credit worthy? What about God; would you lend to God? That’s ridiculous you might say; what’s He going to do–pay a bill? Well, actually yes.

Proverbs 19:17 says, “He who is kind to the poor, lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.” Some versions say, “And he (the Lord) will repay him.”

Well, if God is going to repay us for giving to the poor, then, why not? We’re not going to be out anything.

It’s not giving to receive, though; God said, “He who is kind to the poor. He wants us to give out of kindness as he is kind hearted to us” (Proverbs 19:17).

John wrote, “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:16-18).

What if God just talked about our plight but never got off His throne to do anything about it? It took the action of the Lord Jesus Christ to carry His cross up that hill and save us from our sins. Love without action isn’t love. Being kind to the poor requires us to do something to help them.

There is another verse in Proverbs that says, “Whoever is kind to the needy honors God” (Proverbs 14:31).

When we do good to our fellow man, we bring honor to God and He takes notice. He has set a certain principle in place to govern this. Whatsoever you sow, that you shall also reap (Galatians 6:7). If we are kind to one another and giving, then God will be kind and giving to us. We don’t have to worry about others, how they receive our acts of kindness or whether they can repay us; it is God we are lending to, and He will repay. And, the one who owns the cattle on a thousand hills is supremely credit worthy!

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