Together in Christ: 'Avoid Money Misunderstandings!' — Proverbs 11:15

Monday, July 8, 2024

Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
— Proverbs 11:15 NLT

Key Thought

Money misunderstandings break up families, friends, business partners, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Not only is money the root of all kinds of evil but putting up security or lending money to others is an invitation to a disaster. [1] Yesterday's relationship verse warned against owing anyone anything other than the debt we have to love them. Today's proverb makes the warning about owing money explicit. If we ignore this principle, we will "surely suffer." If we choose not to get into the lending and borrowing game with others, some might misunderstand our lack of lending as a lack of concern. However, we avoid potentially untenable and unhealthy financial obligations and friendship misunderstandings. We must keep any form of financial debt and monetary finagling out of our relationships [2] with our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we help others, we help them to bless and restore them, not to make them indebted to us! [3]

[1] 1 Timothy 6:10.
[2] Proverbs 22:7.
[3] Psalm 37:21; Proverbs 3:27-28.

Today's Prayer

Father, guide my heart and give me the wisdom to know best how to help friends and need and avoid getting into financial agreements with others that place one or the other of us under any obligation other than to love each other. Father, I appreciate the example of generosity in the early church — a generosity offered without expectation or obligation. Please open my heart to understand how best to help my needy brothers and sisters. In Jesus' name, ask for this guidance. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Matthew 5:42; Deuteronomy 15:7
  • Proverbs 22:7, 26-27; Exodus 22:5


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Illustration of Proverbs 11:15 NLT — Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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