Just Those Deserving?

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”— when you now have it with you. (Proverbs 3:27–28, NIV 1984).

My Musings – First, I suspect that more often than not we withhold good, not because it is not in our power to act, and not because we do not have something to share, but rather because we feel (or rationalize) that our “neighbor” is not deserving.  Second, I suspect that all too often we have much too narrow a view of who our neighbor is.  The parable of the Good Samaritan is most instructive.

My Advice – What credit is it to share the “good” that we can with only those who are family or close neighbors and only if we think they deserve it?  To all the rest, otherwise known as the “least of these,” I think that many times they may be more deserving than we think.

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

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