…and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. (Matt 5:42b NASB)
OK – time for a life story. In our 34 years of marriage, my wife and I managed to accumulate a huge amount of debt. Take it from me, this is not a good life plan.
My wonderful wife has always pressed for a budget, and would read me book after book on how to manage your money.
We tried naming it and claiming it, praying over it, speaking to it, and the ever popular whining about it.
Still in debt! Thankfully still in love (which is a huge miracle – she could have quit that after the first 32,423 times I didn’t follow the budget.
Anyway – recently we got hooked up with a Dave Ramsey FPU class and it has turned our finances around. Not because of new information, but because he motivated me to change my behaviors.
His radio show into includes the phrase “where Debt is Dumb.” One of his major tenets is do not borrow or lend money ever. He uses this verse to explain how all debt is bad.
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave. (Proverbs 22:7 NASB)
Debt changes our relationships. If you lend a friend money, you are no longer just friends, your are master and slave. Same with family – you can get so you begin to judge how they are spending their money because they are not paying you back with it.
This is working well for me until I get to Jesus’ word and see that He says if someone wants to borrow from you, don’t run the other way. Just jump on that.
Why does Jesus contradict the wisest man who ever lived? Was Solomon wrong, or is Jesus wrong – or is Dave Ramsey wrong.
Nope – none of the above.
Jesus, in the Luke version of the Sermon on the mount (perhaps a different day, perhaps the perspective of a doctor rather than a tax collector – who knows) give a bit more of Jesus’ instructions on lending.
And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. (Luke 6:34-35 NASB)
OH – I GET IT – You can lend all you want, just don’t expect to get anything in return.
In other words – when you lend – you give – and forgive the debt immediately. Consider what you lend to be a gift, not an investment. [Tweet This]
By the way – that is actually what Dave Ramsey says too – Don’t lend – give help when you feel led, and if they pay you back – awesome, if not you still have a friend or family member.
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