GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS?

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MUSINGS – January 08, 2019

GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS?

Matthew 5:38-42
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to oppose an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn your other cheek to him as well. If someone wants to sue you in order to take your shirt, let him have your coat too. If someone forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give to everyone who asks you for something. Don’t turn anyone away who wants to borrow something from you.

Herein lies the conflict of my heart. How can I be both a good Steward of the Lord’s things and to give freely to all who ask? Once I’ve depleted my resources, then I must become the the beggar who asks to borrow.

I don’t believe that Christ was saying that we must put at risk our lives or the lives of our family and friends to give to others who make capricious demands on our resources. I believe that the default settings of our lives should always be, “Always do for other people everything you want them to do for you.” (Matthew 7:12a) I believe that if we live the Golden rule we will also satisfy the intent of today’s scripture.

Adam Clarke wrote, “We are great gainers when we lose only our money, or other property, and risk not the loss of our souls, by losing the love of God and man.

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