Are we living tightfisted or openhanded?

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 “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.”

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What is God saying? If my neighbors are in need, I must offer my things openhanded to them instead of holding my things tightfisted. If I do, a reward is promised: “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. (15:10)”

How will I obey? I am often tightfisted with my time, talent and treasure. This weekend God led me through a process of being openhanded with a neighbor’s need. It was life-giving for me. Today, I am stopping to pray that God will pry my fingers open.

Who will I tell? Rebecca

How would you know if you are living openhanded or tightfisted?

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