What’s Got Your Heart?

If possible take a moment to read through Deuteronomy chapter 15.  Through this chapter God speaks about the regular seven year release of the debts and about ministry to the poor that are around us.  As God speaks to the Israelites He is not just speaking about things to be done, but there is a strong underlying tone of guarding our hearts.  We are to be certain that our hearts are always generous to those in need, that we do not judge people because of their poverty and then withhold when we have the opportunity and the ability to help them.  There is the caution that we do not hold tightly to things that we possess. Take note of the following verses:

Vs 1: “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts.”

Vs7: ” you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,”

Vs 8: “you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need,”

Vs 9: “Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart,”

Vs 10: “You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him,”

Vs 11: “therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’”

Vs 13: when releasing an indebted servant it says, “when you send him away free from you, you shall not let him go away empty-handed; … shall supply him liberally  ….”

It is easy to justify withholding resources from people in situations of their need, to see the mistakes that people have made, to be critical of their conduct or their addictions or their wasteful practices.  God’s challenge is that our hearts would always look at individuals with a sensitive and caring heart and not a judgmental and condescending heart.  God in His great mercy looked down upon us poor wretched individuals and provided help for us.  We, too, are to do the same for others.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your mercy to us.  Help us to have a kind and generous heart towards others.

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2 Responses to What’s Got Your Heart?

  1. Stephen says:

    Seems the Holy Spirit has put the fire to your blog Keith. Very nice. When He speaks of the “poor”, do you believe he is addressing more the spiritual side? I’m sure He’s addressing all sides but i often wonder. Gods only concern is our spirit,

    I believe the Bible is quite clear that He doesn’t care for the flesh or the physical. He is Spirit and we are created in His image.
    Blessings

    • Keith Eberhard says:

      God is concerned about the spiritual but also the physical. In Gal 2:10 the apostles encouraged Paul and the Gentiles to remember the poor. It is our response to the poor around us that truly shows how much we value and respect life, the life of the poor and also the life of the wealthy. the Epistle of James strongly talks about how we are to take care of the spiritual needs and physical needs of individuals.

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