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Don’t Stop the Good Deed

Focus: Proverbs 3:27 - KJV

27. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

James 4:13-17

There is this Pastor who prayed God to make him His treasurer. He understood that being God’s treasurer is to be a trustee of every fund that came to him for God. He used to believe that because God is Love, He would not mind to give resources to anyone as much as he is established to be in need. One day, a friend of his asked him for quite a chunk of money which of course he could afford. As he was making preparation to pass the money to his friend, he heard the Lord say to him, “don’t give my money to my enemy”. And God told him the person to give the money to instead. It is the injunction of God that we do good to whom it is due. The question is : what good is due to who at a particular time? The good due to a drug addict is not to give him money as it will tantamount to causing him to get deeper into addiction. Rather, he will be better served to be counseled by experts to help his rehabilitation. The good due to a killer is not to fund his enterprise. It will be great disservice unto God to do so.

It is therefore important that we weigh the needs of the needy before we offer our good to them as we may be offering undue “good” in the circumstance. Nevertheless, for as long as it is in our power to do good, it becomes sin if we fail to do so. Some do refuse to do good, not necessarily because it may be misdirected but because of who and what they feel they are or have achieved. This makes them puff up and refuse to countenance the needy. As they do so, God sees them as sinners. To avoid sin and giving God’s money to His enemy therefore, we need to test every spirit and hold on to that which is true. Where however we are not clear, it is better to err on the side of caution by giving to the apparent needy than to withhold our hands because we are not sure. Such may eventually be accounted as sin if we do so. Better still, it is not out of place for us to give our gifts for good deeds to notable charities to administer on our behalf. Cases that glare us in the face may be God’s test of our love for by taking care of strangers we may end up entertaining angels. That of course, comes with attendant blessing. Do it, please.

I pray with you today that the Lord gives you and I the discerning spirit to know whom to and whom not to extend our hands of help in every of our affairs in the name of Jesus Christ.

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