27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. 28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. 29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.Proverbs 3:27-29
I believe I have the spiritual gift of helps. But a couple of years ago I was feeling frustrated with knowing I had been stretching myself too thin; which is something easy for me to fall into.
When we are allowing the Holy Spirit to control us (being filled with the Spirit) then our spiritual gifts and personality tendencies will be used to God’s glory. But in times when we are not spiritually disciplined then the things we normally love to do in service to God can become points of frustration. That mindset of frustration is where I was when I read these verses from Proverbs 3 a couple of years ago.
I highlighted those verses in my Bible and I have been convicted each time I have read those verses since then. Certainly these verses aren’t saying that I have to be the hero in every situation (though that is my tendency to want to do). But they are saying that we should help when we can and when it would be God’s will for us to do so.
Do I have the ability to help the person in need? Should I be the one to help them? Would it be more helpful to them if I got someone else involved?
Current World Situation
As we are currently dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, I think this is a good time to evaluate whether we are doing what we can for our neighbors. There can be valid differences of opinions on what that means from a governmental standpoint. But individually we must show love to those around us.
The best definition of love I’ve heard comes from Romans 13:8, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
Love is the fulfilling of the law. Or, put more clearly, love is doing what is right.
This is where we have to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in knowing how to help those around us. Sometimes that may mean going to someone’s house to fix some plumbing for them. Sometimes that may mean staying away from their house so as to not put them at risk for a greater problem. How will you know the difference? I believe these two well-known verses from earlier in the chapter speak clearly to that.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.Proverbs 3:5, 6
Allow God to lead you in helping others. Whether you have the spiritual gift of helps or not, we are all responsible for being a good neighbor. Be a good citizen to those around you at all times.