Commands of Christ: 18

Give to the one who asks.  Do not turn away from those who want to borrow.  If someone takes what is yours, do not demand it back.

Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow. Matthew 5:42

Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours, do not demand it back. Luke 6:30

But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Luke 6:35

This command is somewhat difficult with friends.  With enemies?  He must be kidding!  This is another one of those commands we should be extremely grateful that Christ modeled for us.  In Romans 5:7-8 we read: “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  In light of that, surely we can part with physical goods to demonstrate we are His children and give a bit of the love He has lavished on us.

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