Proverbs 3: King James Bible
Paying off a Debt – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter three, Verses 27-28
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 neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Paying off a Debt
After reading the scripture above, one question comes to mind. Who is this talking about when it says “to whom it is due?”
I’ve posted some very similar verses down below from the New Testament, but I believe that this isn’t a charitable lesson, but instead a lesson about debt. “To whom it is due” means “those who are owed.”
This is a whole different ballgame than being charitable. This is talking about paying off debts of all kinds (considering there isn’t any particular debt type specified).
If you’ve got enough to pay, then pay. If you owe someone something, and you have it, give it. If you owe someone a debt of gratitude, follow the Lord’s lead and find out how you should repay it in kind. If you owe someone an apology, well, apologize!
Debt is most often associated with money and finance, because there are thousands of different avenues to fall into debt. But that’s not the end all. Perhaps you owe someone a thank you, or maybe some help? I would take a guess and say that genuine heart felt apologies are among the most neglected debts out there.
So, here is a clear instruction from the Lord. This isn’t simply for the benefit of the person or whoever it is that you may owe, but is also a benefit for you, to keep you free from heavy weight that debt of any kind can cause.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Romans 13: King James Bible
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
James 2: King James Bible
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
James 4: King James Bible
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Nobody knows about owing better than you. Not that you’ve ever owe anyone anything, but rather, we all owe so much to you for absolutely everything, even the very air that we breathe. But you also know the world that we’re in, and it’s systems. Help us in every way possible to remove us from debt, and teach us what to do in order to stay out of it. All debts Lord, whether they be great or small. At the same time, lead us in every way, to forgive those who are indebted to us, so that we may be all that much more like you, and reflect the same generosity toward others, as you shine it upon us. In the name of your only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus we pray.
Have you ever noticed how much the flesh wants to avoid paying of a debt?