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How Then Shall We Live?

A poor family lived on the edge of town, owning a small plot of land upon which their small vegetable crop gave just enough for them to get by each year.  Now, on the other side of town was the bank which held the mortgage for this poor families’ land and home.  The banker held the loan papers in his hands as he considered a plan of action.

The banker had been asked to make a financial contribution to a new homeless mission in town.  The person who asked him was the director of the mission, who knew the banker could well afford to make a generous contribution.  Yet, the banker had another idea.

Instead of using his own funds for the donation, the banker chooses to foreclose on the mortgage of the poor family on the edge of town and then, use the money to make a bank donation to the new mission in town. 

The banker’s actions are plainly unjust, unfair, and selfish.  A Christian life is in the light of God’s Word.  Honesty and purity influence the Christian’s life.  Better to make an initial good and right decision and do not harm to a family which is struggling to make ends meet. 

How then shall we live? When we give out of our heartfelt response as a steward for Christ, then our giving may be the blessing to others which we hope and pray for, as influence for God’s Love is strong.

Seek the Lord while he may be found;    call upon him while he is near;let the wicked forsake their way    and the unrighteous their thoughts;let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  Isaiah 55:6-7




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