Saturday, 19 February 2011
Luther on Matthew 5:42
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you (Matthew 5:42, ESV).
Christ is not commanding me here to give what I have to any scoundrel who comes along and as a result deprive my own family or others who may need my help and to whom I am obliged, and as a consequence suffer want and become a burden to others myself. He is not saying that we should give and lend to everybody, but to "the one who would borrow from you", that is, someone who really needs it.
Martin Luther, The Sermon on the Mount (cf. Luther's Works AE 21:117)
[Pic: Bloch, The Sermon on the Mount]