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A Daily Devotion for Wednesday, August 18


Leviticus 25: 35-37


“‘If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you. Do not take interest of any kind from him, but fear your God, so that your countryman may continue to live among you. You must not lend him money at interest or sell him food at a profit.’”


The culture of the time and place of Moses is largely a mystery to me. So it is astounding to me when I read something from that time, directly from God, which applies so perfectly to our culture today. Generosity does not earn us a profit, or interest on an investment. We are not being generous if we make a profit on our “gift”. Being kind and generous to someone in an effort to gain something from them in the future is more like manipulation. Generosity has no strings attached.

Holy One, May I be kinder and more generous to others, for no reason other than it is the right thing to do. Please help me, Lord. These words from you today could change me, and change my ability to help others. Amen


Becky, transforming


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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
Aug 18, 2021

Leviticus 25:35-37 With these verses, God set a high standard for his people. Do not neglect the poor. That is a sin. Help those in poverty if you have the means. House people if they need it and you have a room. Today’s problems often seem so big as to be overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t act. Doing whatever you can with what you have to help people should be our mission. A friend sent this quote to me today. I’ve never heard of the author, but I thought it appropriate. ” The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” Kalu Ndukwe Kalu Prayer: Gracio…

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
Aug 18, 2021

Leviticus 25:35-37

We can help the poor and needy people by understanding their wants, desires and thoughts without taking away their dignity while helping them achieve their needs . We need to accomplish this in a respectable and understanding manner. In the Bible, God speaks often of the poor and needy. He commands us to give generously to the less fortunate. Do I understand his heart and the important responsibility he has given to Me. His Word is clear that we are to help the poor and needy. It may be a simple encouraging word, a smile or an act of kindness. In a country with an abundance of food and great wealth, it shocks me that so m…

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David
David
Aug 18, 2021

Leviticus 25:35-37


35 If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.


I thing I would have to understand the whole Levite/Israeli situation before I could understand this passage. It seems they are more inclined to help strangers and foreigners than those in their community. I have always thought the opposite. In any case, I believe in helping anyone without gain for myself. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I have received help from friends, neighbors, relatives and strangers throughout my life and never felt the need to repay them for it (except to reciprocate when give…


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Barbara
Barbara
Aug 18, 2021

Leviticus 25: 35-37

If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you. You must not lend them money at interest or sell them food at a profit.


What comes to mind reading this is that when I help someone in need I should do so with love. I should not want to be repaid because I did not do it as a loan, but as a gesture of my caring and love. Helping peop…


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Tom
Tom
Aug 18, 2021

Leviticus 25: 35-37

The Biblical concept of generosity is one of its difficult teachings. It is easier for me to understand at an individual level, but over the course of my lifetime it seems to have become increasingly convoluted, capricious and rife with corruption at the societal or governmental level. Whatever the government chooses to do or not do, as a Christian, my assignment remains clear - giving with no expectation of receiving anything in return.


Prayer - God of our provision, open my heart to the needs of others and equip me to generously show Your loving kindness when needs that I can meet arise. Amen


TAA

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