Monday, December 1, 2008

Ps 37:21 - The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

Never has this been truer than the days in which we live. II Ti 3:3 warns of "Truce breakers" in the end times. That is, people will not keep the word. It used to be that a man's word was his bond. A handshake was enough to seal a deal. Now, even when a contract is signed in blood, it seems that one party will always wiggle out, no matter the consequences for the other party.
This holds true in every area of life. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard the empty promise, "See you Sunday."
Covenants and contracts mean little anymore. A person's good name should be backed by his or her word. We are to be debtors to no man. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't borrow, as in a mortgage, or a car purchase, but it means that we are to pay what we owe, when we owe it. Especially, we should do no harm to others by backing out of or being dilatory in our payments.

It would seem then, that the Christian might be loathe to help someone in need. While it is true that we should not co-sign on loans as clearly taught in the Bible, nor would we extract usury from loans, that is, exorbitant interest, see that the true Christian heart will show mercy and give - 21b.

Better than loaning is giving. The Word says that when the poor ask of us, we should give to them considering it a loan to the Lord, Who will be a debtor to no man. He always keeps current.

As Christians, we must guard our testimony in paying our debts, keeping current on payments and not being contract breakers.

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