“It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice” (Ps 112:5).
Two related hallmarks of the righteous are revealed here. They are related in the sense that both giving and lending require generosity. Both involve a willingness to part with one’s possessions. Whereas giving is parting with your possessions permanently, lending is parting with your stuff temporarily. However the latter also carries the risk of turning to permanent “loss”, because the borrower may fail to pay back the debt. Therefore, lending is potentially identical to giving. So both require generosity. Furthermore, we would think that we have “freedom” to give or lend purely as we wish. Yet godliness requires that we fuse justice with our generosity. Among other things, a just generosity precludes favouritism, partiality and meanness. Our generosity must be coupled with responsibility. Although it’s voluntary, our generosity cannot be arbitrary. Scripture promises that when we exercise generosity with justice and responsibility, all will be well with us. Hallelujah!