Do you owe anyone money?
Isn’t it sad when you borrow someone money and they refuse to pay it back, especially if the person is a Christian.
Many stories have been heard about Christians who have borrowed money and refused to pay back. What is more annoying is that, most of them are not repentant, and most say ‘ but what is the problem, it is only £500’. Others start avoiding you, and some act like nothing happened.
We must not forget, that the Lord is the final judge of all, and His standards have not changed. How does the bible refer to someone who borrows money and refuses to pay back?
Psalms 37: 21
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
But l am a Christian? The bible does not differentiae here, the description of those that borrow and refuse to pay is ‘wicked’.
Not a popular sermon. Lets look at another scripture where a Christian if they fit the description can be referred to as ‘wicked’.
1 Corinthians 5:11-13
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Lets summarise the above:
Not to company with any man called a brother to be a fornicator, etc (see above)
Verse 13, put away from yourselves that ‘wicked person’.
Brethren, this is not a popular sermon, but we need to turn away from wicked ways. If you borrow money from someone and cannot genuinely pay back, at the least, ask them to forgive you and pay what you can. If you have no intention of paying somebody back their money, then don’t borrow it in the first place.
Integrity should follow everyone who calls themselves a Christian. Our yes should be yes and our no should be no.
The lord loves his people and we do need to be very careful the way we treat each other. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, we have His DNA, it is not difficult by His grace to do what we are required to do. The Lord will not tell us to do what we cannot do.
Does this apply to you? Then take 1 John 1: 9, confess your sin to the Lord, ask Him to forgive you, then take the necessary steps to make amendment.