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10/09/2023 - 11/09/2023 All day

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us” – (Mathew 6:14).

There is a common saying in the Ugandan trading community “sitya loss” which is to say that to be a trader one has to have a thick skin. When you advance credit sometimes you win when the person pays back their dues, hopefully with interest. However, sometimes you lose with those who default.

A question is what do you do to those who do not come through on their obligations, perhaps even deliberately? In the above verse, Jesus tells us “to forgive our debtors” because after all, we are forgiven. Though it might not make a lot of business sense initially the account that is forgiven may pay itself back with those who meet their dues. Actually money lenders know where there is a defaulter others do good, which gives a cushion to the loss. Forgiveness of a legal debt is certainly not a recommended business practice, but the spiritual basis here, which is our focus, we all know we too have been forgiven and strictly speaking the debt of our sin was not equal the price of the blood of Christ on the cross!

As they settled down the Lord advised the Israelites, “At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts” (Deuteronomy 15:1). In spite of a fear of loss He promised, “For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you” ( vv 6)

Of course, lest we lose sight of it, believers ought to pay their dues, whenever they take on debts. This is only good because of the need to keep a good name of Christ in the community. Relationships are soured whenever one defaults on their legal obligations and bridges burnt.
Traditionally believers would not even take on debts. It is safer that way. “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law” (Rom 13:8, NLT).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that as you have forgiven me, I too may be quick to forgive others, because of your priceless blood which paid the ultimate sacrifice for my eternal salvation, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).

    Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.

    The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).

    The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).

    Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.

    And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).

    When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!

    Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.

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