Generosity vs Greed

In recent years we have seen how banks and mortgage companies have not been ethical or even legal in their dealings with people. In SC some of the most outrageous loan operations are the ones that trade money for a car title. The interest rates are high double digits and keeps people in debt.  Billions of dollars have been lost in our nation and people have been hurt financially resulting in our nation’s economy being shaken to its very core. All because of greed!

This Sunday morning we are thinking through how we as individuals, families or business owners can help others ethically and as Deuteronomy 15 and 24 instruct. Not only do lenders have responsibility but those borrowing must live up to the rules of the loan. It definitely is a two way street that has to be characterized by fairness for all parties.

The passage also teaches us not to be “stingy hearted”  primarily because God has given freely and blessed us tremendously. In addition, those sharing with others financially or otherwise are to help them maintain their sense of dignity and self-worth. The teachings of the Bible are very clear that we are to treat people with respect and that no one should be considered of less value than another.

It is amazing how much the Bible has to say bout everyday life and I hope that you will join others in a meaningful examination of our Scripture passage this Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

Things to Think About and Ponder:

What do you feel when you loan/give people money?
What do you feel when you borrow money?

This passage speaks about internationals, widows, orphans etc. Examine how you are caring for people who may be at a disadvantage. What are you doing personally and what can your class or our church do?
Why does money change the way we behave toward others?

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