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One of the major teachings of the Nazarene Master deals with the godly use of riches and wealth. His famous so-called “Golden Rule” deals, not with charity to friends and relatives, but to those who may not like you, your enemies, even those wicked and ungrateful.
Jesus commanded his disciples:
LK6:30 Continue to give to everyone who keeps asking you, and do not ask the person who takes your possessions to return them. LK6:31 Now just as you want people to do to you, you continue to do the same. LK6:32 And if you only continue to love those who love you – what charity is there to that? LK6:33 And if you only continue to do good to those who keep doing good to you – what kind of charity is that? Even sinners do the very same thing! LK6:34 And if you ever lend [money] hoping to receive it back – what kind of charity is that? Even sinners keep lending [money] expecting an equal amount in return! LK6:35 Instead, all of you continue to show loving concern for your enemies. And continue doing good – continue lending [money] without expecting anything to be paid back. If you do your reward will be considerable, for you will become the Most High’s offspring, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. LK6:36 Continue to be charitable just as your Father is charitable.
[Luke 6:30-36 21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures© (NCMM)]
Only by the godly use of our ‘illegal riches’ can we become “friends” of those who would welcome us into eternal dwellings. [Luke 16:9]
Abba bless you.
— Mark Heber Miller.
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