“If there is among you a poor man of your brothers, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.” Deuteronomy 15:7-8
If great leaders err, they do so on the side of generosity. They are givers, not takers. They feel motivated to:
- Serve others – to help them grow and thrive.
- Solve problems – that prevent potential from being reached.
- Save causes – that benefit mankind.
God instructs His leaders and the entire nation of Israel to imitate His generosity and grace. At the end of every seventh year, every Israelite was to cancel all debts owed by fellow citizens.
If they would indeed cancel debts, model graciousness and forgiveness, and care for the poor, God would favor their land with abundant crops and freedom from invasion. Imagine! They simply needed to trust that God was in control and let Him worry about rain and sun and fruitful harvest times. – By John C. Maxwell