Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 19 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day fourteen with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free to lend justly.
Free To Lend Justly
“Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.”
Psalm 112:5 (NIV)
How often do you borrow things? How willing are you to loan what you have to others? Have you ever loaned, or borrowed, something and not been treated fairly in the process? How did it make you feel? How do those experiences influence you in being free to lend justly? What factors make it difficult to let others use what you have? What are some things that make it easier to lend freely? How does God’s Word equip you to act with justice in your lending, and borrowing, practices?
In a culture filled with predatory lenders and constant news of unjust lending practices passing as business as usual, being set free to lend with justice is a breath of fresh air. While there are times we are called to give freely to those in need, other times He entrusts us with resources that He expects us to lend to others without taking advantage of them. In a like manner, He also wants us to be fair to those we borrow from. As you pray, ask God to help you live differently from the world as you learn His way of lending that is beneficial to all. Pray that you would treat everyone fairly as you share use of God’s resources.