Apply Commands With Wisdom
A man was troubled by a large debt that he owed. The lender was putting pressure on him to pay it back, but he had no means with which to repay except for a piece of property that he owned. He sold the property, but instead of using the money to pay off his debt, he gave it to his church. His reasoning was based on the verse that says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom” (Luke 6:38).
This debtor’s actions were based on greed rather than love. He had hoped that by giving money to God, he would get back money to pay off his debt and more besides. He was trying to use one verse to “manipulate” God; yet, in the process, he violated several other Scriptural teachings. For instance, as long as he owed money, he was the slave of his creditor. (See Proverbs 22:7.) He had no authority to spend or give away assets until his debt was paid off.