“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Matthew 5:42 (New International Version)
Sounds… painfully simple.
“When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him.” (The Good News Translation)
This philosophy on life and living must have been easy for Jesus – He owned the clothes on His back. We never hear about Him owning a house or a boat. He never talks about His possessions, which leads us to believe He didn’t have much.
No goats. No sheep. No business. No emergency stockpile of food and supplies.
Not really a stretch to live this text literally when the physical things that others may need just can’t be found in your garage.
We, on the other hand, have garages and cupboards and closets and houses…
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