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16/03/2023 - 17/03/2023 All day

"Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Roman 13:8).

Not long ago, many of the brethren from the East African revival, tended to insist on an old Shakespearean injunction, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be, For loan oft loses both itself and friend..”  Can we say they were too legalistic or unnecessarily so cautious!

Perhaps not so and just wise! These brethren were apparently aware of Proverbs 22:7, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender”. So, they advised the brethren, “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil” ( Luke 6:35).

As Shakespeare rightly observed, nothing can complicate or even destroy a relationship, as when a friend borrows upon agreed terms only to abandon them without notice and then perhaps takes to hiding, if not resentment for being reminded of his dues. The relationship inevitably suffers.

So, in life, should one ever borrow? We all know that nations and most business revolve around credit, and perhaps it is impossible to think of development without either. Moreover, there comes certain situations where one may be hard pressed to make ends meet. But that said, the nations and business do lend on certain terms, sealed with interest, which upon default there are dire consequences.

In personal relationships, especially if borrowing is among brethren, relations are complicated whenever the borrower for some reasons, perhaps out of his control, defaults and without communication quietly goes out of circulation.  The burden is then left on the once good lender to enforce the terms, now maybe looked at as a bad person for raising the matter. To recover his due, the lender might be forced to liquidate the borrower’s security, which destroys the relation irreparably.

Aware of this, one goes back to the old brethren, that a safe option is therefore to restrain as as far possible from borrowing, and even lending, perhaps more to save the relationship. For Scripture reminds us, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” ( Hebrews 12:14-15).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you are the provider of all the resources there is in the world, and today I pray that you take care of all my needs as ever, and I owe nothing to no one, except love!

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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