An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Family Money

(Proverbs 22:26 KJV)  Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.

This verse reminds us of the relationships we have in the body of Christ.  We are family, not business.  I am sure you have seen the references to rich and poor, powerful and weak.  People have differences and they are recognized.  We are not told to do away with those differences but to function together in mutual consideration that goes beyond them.  The issue here is money.

We are told to not get into financial bonds with each other.  It does not say we should refuse to help.  It does say that we are not to give help for our personal gain.  In a business relationship you agree on terms, sign a contract and hold people accountable.  If one party breaks the contract then the other demands the consequences because it is their due and right.  In a family you may agree on terms and hold people accountable but you do it for the benefit of the family which includes both members.  Parents may assign their children tasks and provide consequences but they do it to benefit the child, not to line their own pockets.

So?  Generally I give when there is a need.  I don’t loan.  That way if I don’t get any money back I don’t feel let down.  People in real need probably can’t afford to pay back.  People who are not in real need don’t need the money. 

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