Proverbs 3:27 (Mini Sermon)


27. Pro 3:27 - "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." A. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, i. Due adj. - 1. a. That is owing or payable, as an enforceable obligation or debt. ii. This verse is teaching us to pay our debts. a. This can refer to monetary debts that we owe someone. (i) It is good to pay off our debts. (ii) We are to owe no man anything (Rom 13:8). (iii) Good sometimes refers to worldly possessions (1Jo 3:17). (iv) If we have borrowed money or other possessions, we should return it as soon as possible. (v) If we owe someone money for work done for us, we should pay him and not delay (Jer 22:13). b. This can also refer to non-monetary debts that we owe someone. (i) The only thing we are to owe one another is love (Rom 13:8). (ii) God requires us to remember the poor (Gal 2:10; Rom 12:13; Deut 15:7-8). (iii) We owe it to them because God has commanded us to give to them. (iv) Husbands and wives also owe each other sexual fulfillment (1Co 7:3-5). iii. All of these debts should not be withheld from those to whom they are due. B. when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. i. If we are able to pay our debts, then we must do so as soon as possible. a. That means that if we owe a sum of money to someone, and we have that amount of money in our bank account, we should pay him in full. b. That means that if we have money saved to buy something we should not take out a loan instead of paying cash for it. c. That means that we should pay someone for work he has done for us as soon as possible. d. If for some reason you cannot pay what you owe, then come up with an agreement with your creditor to pay them off as quickly as possible as you are able. ii. We should do good unto all men as we have opportunity (Gal 6:10). iii. If we have the ability to help someone in need, we should do it.