“Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away” (Matthew 5:42 NKJV).


In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He taught that citizens of His Kingdom should respond generously to those who ask for help. Of course we might think of many reasons why the one doing the asking might be undeserving, but that shouldn’t be our first thought. Our first inclination as followers of Jesus should always be generosity. Are there exceptions when giving cash to an addict is not really helping, but actually enabling. Certainly. But that doesn’t mean we can’t offer them a meal or some other help.
Jesus said that “God so loved that He gave” (John 3:16). As followers of Jesus we are those who have been saved by God’s great sacrificial love, expressed by giving His Son to die in our place. As the apostle Paul wrote, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32).
As God’s children, we are to be like Him. Are we ready to draw on God’s generosity by being those who “freely give” as our Father does?
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You for your loving and sacrificial generosity towards us in giving us Your Son. We can never repay this gift. Yet, we want to be like You. Teach us to live our lives with generosity. In Jesus’ name, amen.