Proverbs 3:27: Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
This verse is a call to a life of goodwill and helpfulness. And, it actually address the idea of what Jesus taught about loving our neighbor as ourself. When Jesus was teaching the Parable of the Good Samaritan he was teaching that all men are our neighbors, to include enemies.
We must remember God takes very seriously the way we treat each other because as Paul wrote to the Romans, for if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, (Romans 5:10). If God will sacrifice His Son to turn us from enemies to friends, then it is easy to see why He would want us to treat our enemies with kindness.
Help us to do good to those we can when we can. Forgive us when we don’t love our neighbors as ourselves and even argue about who is our neighbor.
Thank you for reconciling us to You through Jesus even when we were Your enemies. Give us opportunities to do good to our neighbors, knowing that the best thing we can do for our neighbor is share the Gospel with them. Lord, give us opportunities to do so.
We pray these things in Jesus name, Amen.