I was planning on paying back a friend that we had borrowed $500 and wrote them an e-mail a week ago to let them know. They had previously told us to hold off paying them back until we have our emergency fund built up. This month we had built up an emergency fund, so it was about time to start paying them back.
Besides forgiving the $500 they had borrowed to us, they are looking at giving away one of their cars to us. Their family has grown greatly in the past year (2 kids, 1 is adopted) and are seeking to get a discounted van from their work. We haven't decided whether to accept their offer or not. In one respect it will help us get out of debt 2 months sooner. In another respect, I don't want to feel even more indebted to friends, even though it's a gift.
It all reminds me of Acts chapter 4 in the Bible, where all believers shared with each other what they had and no one was in need. It's hard though to be the one in need and receiving blessings.