Matthew 5:42

Matthew 5:42 (ASV)

42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage

Clifford Harris gladly gave a man his extra pair of shoes (and socks) out of love for the man, not out of a sense of spiritual duty or evangelism strategy.
Hudson Taylor found great freedom and lightness of heart once he obeyed the words of Jesus to give to him who asks. At first, out of fear for his own needs, he resisted giving. But once he obeyed, he said that “the joy all came back in full flood tide to my heart.”
Rosalind Goforth was hesitant to share the only medicine they had on hand for dysentery, but when she realized that the need was a life-or-death situation, she quickly gave it. Little did she realize how God would use this person in the future, and that her showing love in obedience to 1 John 3:17 had saved his life.
A nobleman—now a wreck in piteous condition—had been banished and imprisoned in Siberia for some crime. When the poor man asked for help, Dr. Baedeker gave him money and clothes, which caused the grateful man to burst into a flood of tears.
Hudson Taylor was asked to pray for a sick woman. He found the woman and her family to be in a truly wretched condition, and in great need. Yet all Taylor had was his very last half-crown piece. He tried to pray but could not while that coin remained in his pocket. When the husband finally asked for his help, the scripture, “Give to him that asketh of thee” flashed across his mind. Taylor obeyed, saving the woman's life and conquering self as a result.
Doctor loans patient $75 when the Holy Spirit reminded him of the command to give to the one who begs of you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. Patient is led to Christ by another patient because he could afford to stay longer. (Several pages later, the man tells the doctor that the mere fact he would loan a stranger $75 convinced him of the reality of Christ.)
Henry Richards was challenged to obey Luke 6:30 and give to "every one that asketh thee." After much prayer and deliberation, he took Jesus at His word and experienced an unexpected result.
Rees Howells learned to love the unlovely ones as God used Matthew 5:40-42 to open his eyes to the plight of the homeless.
A woman challenges herself to obey the words of Jesus to give to the one who asks. The test of obedience comes immediately and then the Lord's supply for her own resulting want comes just in time.
When Henry Richards—who was working among the poor and beggarly people of the Congo—came across Luke 6:37 which said to "give to the one who asks", he struggled to accept that it was to be taken literally. But after becoming convinced, he went on to not only preach, but to practice this command too and the impact this had in the life of the people was amazing.
A poor lady was down to the end of her funds when a friend came to her in distress. In obedience to the scriptures, she gave to her friend. The next day, when she really needed what she had already given away, the Lord provided.