For me this, is one of the hardest things in the Bible to practice, to do good to everyone, no matter how they treat you. The Bible talks about it over and over. I will warn you friends, I am trying to work on this but am in no way close to saying yeah I do that. Also, in this post, I will br honest about some of the thoughts that come to me, when I read these verses.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:1-10
Wow, that is a lot by its self. Carrying others burdens. That could mean anything from helping someone out with some of their bills, to spending countless hours talking to someone who is lonely, to helping an addict get back up on their feet for the five hundredth time, and the list goes on.
Then it talks about not comparing ourselves against someone else. Ops, how many times have we okayed our wrong actions by saying at least I do this, so and so doesn’t even do that. I am guilty, I may not have spoken it but I did think it.
Next is what we sow, we reap. What more can you say?
Finishing up with do good to all people, especially believers. Ok so that leaves out the rest, right? wrong.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, Luke 6:27
And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. Luke 6:33
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked Luke 6:35
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.Psalm 37:3
Sometimes, I take a double look. Are you sure Lord, I really need to be nice to ____ . Didn’t you see how they treated me I tried, I really, really tried. Except, the lending part, my husband usually is very good bout lending and not worrying about repayment, I would personally rather not loan at all. Remember, I am trying to work on that though.
But you know something my friends, I often find some of the hardest things to do, are what God wants us to do. I think the reason those things are so hard is it goes against the flesh. Our sinful nature thrives on us living outside the will of God.
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:24-26
What’s more, it is a trap. By not being kind to everyone and arguing we are taken captive by the devil! I know, I really, really, really understand how hard it is to be kind to everyone, but we need to try so we will escape from the trap of the devil.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.
And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. Titus 3:1-8
So my friends, when the situation arises this weekend, and we do not feel like being kind to ______, remember: We were created to be kind to everyone. Why? Because it is profitable to everyone.:-)
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