The affluent reign over the poor, and the borrower is the lender's servant. This insightful phrase does not indicate that the rich or the lender are more virtuous or smart than "the poor" or "servant." It simply means that they can get what they want from people who cannot afford to give it back to them.
Jesus said: "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever rejects you rejects me too. Whoever keeps my commandments (i.e., acts like my servant) will be called by my name, and will have eternal life; but whoever rejects me will not see life, but instead will lose his soul." (John 14:21-23).
In other words, if someone loves us, they will keep our commandments. If someone doesn't love us, we can safely assume that they don't want to be with us!
Being a lender means that you do not need anything in return. You give because you want to help others build their lives right up until the moment when they offer themselves to you. Only at this point do you receive anything in return. And even then, you receive only a reflection of God's own nature - generosity and kindness.
Being a borrower means that you take advantage of others' kindness toward you. You use them as an excuse to stay alive another day.
7. The wealthy reign over the poor, and the borrower is the lender's slave. 37:21 Psalm The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the just show kindness and give. 5:42 Matthew Give to anybody who asks, and don't turn away anyone who wants to borrow from you. 6:34-35 Luke If you lend money to those who can't pay it back, expect to be cheated. 7:6-10 James Use wealth to help others, and God will bless you.
God has ordained that there should be order in the financial affairs of his people, so that they may follow his law and be blessed by him. He has ordained that there are three levels in a bank account--zero, negative, and positive. Let us use the money we have been given according to his commandment, so that when the time comes for us to pass on, we will leave our children with something positive instead of with nothing.
The Bible contains many other commands regarding money management, but these will suffice for now.
"Whoever is kind to the needy contributes to the LORD, and he will recompense them for what they have done," says the LORD (NIV). "Who can give something to someone who has nothing?""Do not judge others or you will be judged. Don't condemn others or you will be condemned." Those are just two of the many lessons from God's Word that tell us how we should treat each other.
The Bible also teaches us that there are times when we should help those who cannot help themselves. Jesus told a story about a good samaritan who came to rescue someone who had been thrown into prison because of him. We are to show mercy and compassion to everyone, including thieves and robbers.
"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." -Jesus (MKJV)
According to the Bible, helping others shows that we are living as Christians. We are to love one another; therefore, we should share our resources with those who need it most.
17. Whoever donates to the needy lends to the Lord, and the Lord will return him for his generosity. 22:9 (Proverbs) The generous will be blessed because they share their meals with the impoverished. @ 22:16 Anyone who oppresses the poor in order to increase their own fortune or contributes to the affluent will end up in poverty. They will not be included in the days of the great celebration.
23. It is better to donate one's money than to consume it. One should never waste what one has been given. Money was created to help people. When we spend money on ourselves, we are just wasting it. Only give away what you do not need yourself. Seek advice from the Church on how best to use your time, energy and resources.
The Bible says that God wants us to take care of others. In Islam this is called "Sadaqat-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwwa" which means charity towards anyone in need. Jesus told his disciples to "give away everything you have." (Luke 12:13) This command is important for two reasons: first, to show our trust in God; and second, to serve others.
So by donating money, time, talents and resources to the needy, we are showing our love for God and others. Although religion doesn't play a major role in this act, it is still considered charity. Any way you look at it, donating money is a good thing.
17. "Whoever donates to the needy lends to the Lord, and the Lord will return him for his generosity." "Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is helpful to the needy respects him," says Proverbs 14:31.
18. "Give that which is worthy of note, but do not be afraid with any such thing," says Jesus. "For the least among us is worth of me, and the greatest is also worth of me." "Who is the most intelligent person you know?" "The one who can show how much he knows by what he does rather than by what he says." "If you want to make someone happy, just let them do something nice for someone else - they'll feel grateful and you've made a friend." "Don't worry about bad things happening to good people. The only bad thing that could happen to anyone is no longer being able to help others." "We should all try to live our lives so that when we die we're not a burden to others or lonely."