Discernment is not something we have on our own. It is the Spirit of God revealing to us what He sees and where He is working.
28 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Day 15 of 21 Days of Deep
I usually see this verse as a business verse, but this time we will look at it concerning people in general. What is it that everyone is due? What one thing is offered to everyone? The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those who know the Gospel and have the Spirit as President in their hearts surely have the power to act. Consider this:
A friend finds himself in a tight spot because of choices he has made. We could say, “I see you’re in a tight spot. I’m sorry that circumstances are so bad. It’s hard to make wise choices when we can’t see the future or the outcome. Did you know that we were never intended to make choices on our own? God wants to help us walk through life and make good choices. I’d love to tell you about Him. In the meantime, let me help you with this situation.”
At this point, we present the Gospel to him and help him with his problem, be it monetary, physical, or emotional. John had something to say about helping our brother:
16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
NOTE: For more about the sin that leads to death, see the following commentary.
Scripture-Read it. Ask the Spirit to speak to you as you read.
Observe– Did you notice anything in particular? Did the Spirit highlight anything?
Apply– How does this passage apply to you? Is your overall desire to please Jesus and to look like Him?
Pray– Ask the Lord to help you understand-even deeper-what it means to have Christ in you. Ask Him the what, where, when, why and how concerning this passage.
For an in-depth look at this passage, see the following lesson below.