“Do not say to your neighbor, Come back later;
I’ll give it tomorrow— when you now have it with you.”
We are living in a very selfish and yet odd society. When we want something, we want it now. But when it comes time to give something to someone else, the need isn’t as great. If I do not provide what was promised, that’s okay. They will understand. We expect others to have patience when we do not.
As Christians, we fall into this trap as well. When a need arises, we often say, “I’ll pray for you.” Why not pray now when it’s fresh in your mind. It will not only satisfy those in need, but it will also satisfy the one praying. And if a brother comes to you in need, we need to react right then. The need is now for us and for others.
Love doesn’t make excuses when others are in need. Love is an emotion of action. We show our love when we act in a timely manner to others in need. When we procrastinate or allow petty matters to gain a foothold in our priority ladder, we do not allow love to take the lead in our lives. When we act, we should act now. We would want no less in return.
* A disciple acts in love now
Application: Do you procrastinate when others are in need? What about when the need is now addressed to you directly?