Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 11, 2016

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 3:27-35.  Please excuse the brevity and unpolished look of this devotion.  I am on a 3 day vacation in Orlando and am using a laptop computer which is very different than the desktop computer that I almost always use.

“27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.
29 Do not devise harm against your neighbor,
While he lives securely beside you.
30 Do not contend with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a man of violence
And do not choose any of his ways.
32 For the devious are an abomination to the Lord;
But He is intimate with the upright.
33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers,
Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.
35 The wise will inherit honor,
But fools display dishonor.”  Proverbs 3:27-35.

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“27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.”  Verses 27-28.

I originally intended on not writing this devotion.  I had good excuses.  I am on vacation.  I do not have my own computer to produce it.  I can not produce as long or polished devotion as I normally produce.

But then I meditated on the Scripture above, and I immediately thought:  “I can still do good to my readers to whom it is due.  I should not say to them:  “Come back on Monday for a devotion.”  I have a devotion for them today.”

We all face difficulties which make it more difficult to do the good to others.  But we still can do the good to others to whom it is due.  We should do that good to others now and not make them wait.  Through God’s grace we can and should do it.

“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” Galatians 6:10.

 

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