GGJ04-98

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Chapter 98 - On monetary aid.

98,1. (The Lord:) “If one of your number has a great deal of money, he should not only lend it to those who pay him usurious rates of interest and repay the capital on the agreed date. He should also lend to the poor who can not repay his capital or the due interest, as then he will be investing his money with Me, and I will repay him tenfold on this earth and in the hereafter one hundred times both capital and interest. But he who lends his money only to those who can repay him capital and interest on time as negotiated, or in some cases are compelled to pay by the courts, has already had his loan repaid in full here and must not expect anything from Me. In so doing he did not serve Me, but only the world and himself. {a jl.ev04.098,01-07: mt.05,42; =lk.06,30 .34; jl.ev01.046,08*; jl.ev01.058,02-08*; jl.ev01.222,08*; jl.ev10.139,04; jl.ev09.009,05; jl.ev07.158,05; jl.ev07.094,16; jl.ev07.092,01-093,11*; jl.ev07.001,14-17; ; jl.ev04.079,01 ff.; jl.ev04.062,01 ff.; jl.ev07.157,04; jl.ev07.157,08 -09; jl.ev02.059,11; jl.ev03.192,11 -12; jl.ev03.192,13; jl.ev03.192,15 -16; jl.ev04.079,02; jl.ev04.079,04; jl.ev04.079,07; jl.ev02.157,09}

98,2. However, you will say: ‘If you lend money to someone who has financial problems then this is also charity; because the borrower could help himself using that loan, became a rich man and then very easily repay capital and interest! After all, the lender took the risk of losing his money in an unfavourable speculation! As it was to the benefit of the borrower, no God in all His wisdom could object if the borrower should repay the lender his capital plus agreed interest! The lender is firstly also a person, to whom any other person has the same obligation as he has to him. Secondly, it is quite possible that the loan funds were the lender’s only savings which he had to live on, just as a farmer lives off his land! If neither the capital nor the accrued interest is repaid to the lender, what should he live on? Is it reasonable for the borrower to have the slightest wish to keep the borrowed money, as he benefited so much from it and surely can and must realise that this money represented the helpful lender’s only savings?!’

98,3. I would also add: Anyone who has money and a friend in need comes to him and asks to borrow it, should not turn him down. Someone who has lent money at the legal rate of interest has already performed a good deed, which will also find its reward in Heaven. However, it is also the duty of the borrower, not just to repay the exact loan with the negotiated interest, but his obligation is greater. If he made a good profit, his heart will surely urge him to share the surplus with the lender, since he only made the profit as he used that money. The lender should not of course in any way expect this! All this you can be done in a friendly way - but do not completely ignore the other side!

98,4. If a very poor person comes to a lender who has money and it is felt that he will not able to utilize the large sum requested profitably and effectively, I would not insist that anyone should lend money to a bad risk, as he will simply have thrown away his money deliberately, without really having helped anyone. He will merely have given the borrower the opportunity to feel driven to all kinds of excess, a course of action he might take if he followed his natural instincts. To make such a loan would therefore not be commendable but, on the other hand, if it is not really bad, it can certainly be thought to be very stupid and unacceptable to My love or even less to My wisdom.

98,5. It would be a completely different matter if you were to be approached by a poor man and you knew that he knew how to make the money work. If you also knew that he became poor only by chance or ill luck and he asked to borrow some money; you certainly should not turn him down, even if there is no interest or any security regarding the repayment of your capita! If the man succeeds in utilising the money well, he, as your brother, will also know what he then has to do After all, he has the same obligations towards you as you have to him.

98,6. But if the borrower is not able to repay the sum due to you, you should not become angry with him or seek to recover your money from his heirs since this would be hard-hearted and totally against My ordinance. However, if they should become wealthy, especially if they are the children or immediate grandchildren, it would please Me greatly to see the debt incurred by their poor father or grandfather, repaid out of love for Me and one’s neighbour!

98,7. If I therefore say to you that you should even lend your money to those, who can not repay it, I only mean by that, that you should conduct your affairs, whether involving money or property, in the way I have shown you. Anything more or less could either be stupid or even very evil, a crass rejection of true love of one’s neighbour!”

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