Just Do It!

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 3

Gold Nugget
Verse 27: Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.

Commentary
One of the greatest characteristics of a Christian is the giving heart they possess. The breaking point on whether or not someone gives should be on whether or not they can. Today’s “gold nugget” proclaims, Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. In other words, if you are able and choose not to give, you are not reflecting the character of a God. There are times when you may be able to give, but should not. The verse says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due”, meaning, if someone is worthy of the gift or has not done anything to warrant being neglected, then you should give if you are able. Now, assuming that a person is “due” this gift or help, what kind of giving do you think is expected of us? I would be willing to bet someone else’s pay check that most of us assumed financial help and therefore freeing us on account of the “when it is in the power of your hand to do so.” loop hole. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due” leaves all kinds of options. “Not withholding good” or summed up as, “do good to those who are due” can be done by any means that is defined as doing good. It can be financial giving, giving of your time or maybe one of the most effective and powerful acts of giving - encouragement. You may not have money to give to the lady next door that has given more than anyone could ever give back to her, but breaking out that mower and tending to that yard would be “doing good to those who are due”. Just sitting down with her and listening to her many stories may be giving her more than you could measure. The young man that is struggling to keep himself free from addictions may benefit more from the words of encouragement that you “give” to him than anything else you could do. “Giving” does not always involve money. It involves whatever you have to help someone through, whether it be financial, through service or emotional encouragement. Whatever you can do good… Just do it!

Prayer
Lord, I may not always have a financial gift to give those that are in need, but as the Apostle Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I to thee.” Whatever I have, I make available to you to use however you wish to help others. Forgive me of the times I have failed to do so. Amen

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