“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:1-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
Bear and Share the Burdens
6 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.
Be Generous and Do Good
6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
We shall be known by our works. Do we reap everlasting life or do we reap corruption? We are called to do good to everyone, not just those people we like, but also to those people who we don’t like so much. To those people who do us no good, who talk bad about us, who make fun of us. We are to do good to EVERYONE.
That’s a hard thing isn’t it? Because we are more often than not faced with negative situations and many times we are on the defensive. But God says, go on the offensive and be loving, be long-suffering, be hopeful. God wants us to act like Jesus acted. And that is our reasonable service, isn’t it? We can put on the Spirit of Peace and answer every man according to his need.
God doesn’t want backbiters and complainers in His ministry. He wants do gooders. People who know how to take a bad situation and make it shine with the Light of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (On Love)
“4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.“
And that, coupled with the fruit of the Spirit (But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.) causes us to ask the question, “Am I all that God wants me to be?”
In all things seek the best for others. In all things be kind. “For I am meek and lowly in heart..”.. We must take on the character of Jesus if we are to see our reward in Heaven. We must treat our neighbors and our enemies as if they are family. And we must seek to do them good.
Where do you stand today? Are you a Christ-ian? Are you a complainer? Are you a backbiter? Be Christ-like. Be loving. Be free.