Deuteronomy 15:7-8

If a fellow Israelite from one of your villages in the land that the Lord your God is giving you should be poor, you must not harden your heart or be insensitive to his impoverished condition.  Instead, you must be sure to open your hand to him and generously lend him whatever he needs.

If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.  Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.

“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,  but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.

“But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.  Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.

If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:  But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.


As the body of Christ, we share in the responsibility for one another. Generosity should be a response to our ever-maturing relationship with Christ. The point here is not to fulfill obligation without understanding; bereft and void of any kind of relationship. The body of Christ is all about relationship with each other under the authority and grace of Christ Jesus who is the head. At times, it can be a challenge to climb out of our selfishness and give. Likewise, let the Holy Spirit lead you in receiving generosity just the same: we all need help sometimes.