Good

Published on May 8th, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

 

I was reading Proverbs and this verse stuck with me.  “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”  Prov 3:27  Isn’t that a great verse for today?  Where I am sitting it is raining so hard that I am thinking we might need to start building another ark.  It is just one of those days that Karen Carpenter used to sing about, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down”.  So what can you do to lift your spirit?  Give good to those who are due it.

 

Write that email you have been meaning to write to that person who has been faithfully serving your children.  Did you know that Sunday School teachers and youth workers are often not paid in the church?  Yet, every Sunday they prepare a lesson and rack their brains trying to be creative so that your children will learn to love God and love his Word.  They are due some good.

 

What about those who serve in the military.  Aren’t they due some good?  How about saying thanks or buying a meal for them as they lay their life on the line to defend our country?

 

Mom is going to be celebrated this Sunday.  Isn’t she due some good today?  What a surprise it would be if she knew you were thinking about her and it wasn’t forced due to some holiday.  How about making her day easier today.

 

How about those you heard about this Sunday that are suffering around the world.  Your heart was moved but did you do anything about it?  Are they due some good today?

 

Look around the room right now.  Are there co-workers that are due some good today?  How about the mail man or the cafeteria worker or …

 

Doing good does not always mean that you are saying thanks.  What about that person that you have loved enough to notice their sin.  Isn’t it time to do good and help them with that burden?  What about that one that you knew you should invite to lunch but knew it would lead to more time involved in their life than you wanted?  Aren’t they due the good that God laid on your heart?  Isn’t it time to share the gospel with that one that God has laid upon your heart.  Have you been meaning to spend some time with your children – give them the good they are due.

 

It is a strange way to think about these things isn’t it?  We do not think of giving grace and mercy to people as something they are due.  It seems to be the opposite of the definition of grace.  Yet, maybe they are due that grace and goodness, not because of who they are but because of who are in Christ.  Is this what Paul meant in Romans 13:8 when he tells us to “owe no one anything, except to love each other”?  Take today and give people the good that is due them.  Nothing better to do an a rainy day.

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