Ezekiel 22:12 – ‘They take bribes within you to shed blood. You engage in usury and charge interest; you extort money from your neighbours. You have forgotten me, declares the sovereign Lord.’
Whenever we give, it should never be with an ulterior motive. It isn’t about what we can get out of the situation, but instead how our abundance – or even sacrifice – can benefit another. And especially, how it can shine God’s light and love into a situation.
The bible talks against usury in the book of Ezekiel. Usury is exorbitant interest. Exorbitant may otherwise be explained as:
- very expensive
- very high
- ridiculous or overpriced
If we look at verse 12 of chapter 22 in Ezekiel, forgetting God and charging interest are put together. When our motive to give to someone isn’t about helping them, but is instead about looking after our own interests – maybe even turning a profit – then we are indeed not putting God first.
Whenever you choose to be generous, do it knowing God loves this. Do it knowing you can live without whatever you’ve given away. Give, not expecting something in return. Lend to others without the proviso that they have to give back under certain terms / within a particular time frame.