Should I Give Him More?

Q. What does “the seventh year, the year of remission” mean in Deuteronomy 15:7-9? I have lent rent money twice to a Christian friend who is in need. I am concerned he may ask me again next month. What should I do?

A. In ancient Israel all debts owed by a fellow Israelite were to be forgiven every seven years (Deut. 15:1). That was the year of remission. The lesson for us today can be found in Deut. 15:10. It says to give generously to a brother in need without being concerned about repayment and the Lord will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

If your brother is in need and is unable to repay you, the Lord will assume the debt and see that you’re more than repaid. Luke 6:38 says, Give and it will be given to you … for with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

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