Do you lend to the Lord?

When Jesus was on the earth he had compassion on the poor. The bible says a lot about giving to those less fortunate. Yet, it would seem that many Christians ignore the fact that God has commanded that we give to others. It is a shame that many of the Church have become stingy with the blessings God has given them. I would like to share with you a promise God has made about giving.

This promise is simple: "Give, and it shall be given unto you;" The verse (Luke 6:38) continues by saying, "good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom." God says very simply, that if you give to others, He will see that He will give to you. However, the fact that we get our gift back, is not the reason we give to others.

Proverbs 19:17 says, "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again." In this verse we see that when we give to those less fortunate, we are giving to God. Matthew 25:34-45 tells us that when we do something for a Christian, it is just like doing it for Christ.

I would like to encourage you, give to others. When you give to the poor, you are lending to the Lord. When you do good for a Christian, you are doing good for Christ. Not only will you advance the kingdom of God, but you will bring the blessings of God upon you. God promises special blessings to those who are generous. Won’t you take advantage of those blessings?

"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." – 2 Corinthians 9:6

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