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 6:9-10)
Let is never be weary of doing good. This is a concept that is repeated throughout the bible in many different forms. We are instructed to do good to others, to our friends and neighbors, to members of our Christian families, and even to our enemies. These good works are the works of God, the works that He would have us do as faithful followers of his way.
These are the good works done by Jesus during his time on earth and the good works that we, as sons and daughters of the Christian family must try to continue to do all the days of our lives. We frequently hear people say, ‘My work here is not yet done.’ Hopefully, the work to which they refer is the good works of God.
At the time Paul wrote this letter to the Galatians, the world was marked by distinctions and separations. One received his or her identity by being Jew or Gentile, law-keeper or law-breaker, male or female, slave or free.
The new world that came into being in Jesus Christ had overcome not only the law and circumstances, but non-law and non-circumstance, religion and non-religion. The Galatians are reminded again of the pronouncement they heard at their baptism.
Once again, in our verse for today, we are reminded to do good. May we never tire of doing the good works that God intended us to do. May we walk in the paths of righteousness and do good to both our neighbors and our enemies. May we stoop to help, bend to lift, and carry the burdens of those who cannot carry them alone. May we seek strength and wisdom from our Lord Jesus Christ to do good to all people, and especially to those who are members of our family in heaven.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock and The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur.
Columbia Prayer Chain: Friday, November 2
In our prayers: Emery Clark and all at Camp Gravatt this weekend, Rachel and Randy Wurtzbaugh, Marcus Lattimore, Patty Peckham, Denise Byrd, Caralynn, Greg and Lisa Steele, Dean Timothy Jones, Linda Langford, Marty Fritz, Harriet Hancock, Tommy and Robby Palmer, Patty and Ted Mac Laughlin, Janet Long, Bobby Wilson, Debbie and Pat Barry, Betty Jo Sullivan, Mary Francis Harris, Patrick and Patricia Barry, Jordan Hill, Doris Clevenger, Charles Sigel, Joe Reno, Bob Davis, John Whatley, Nancy Zuckerman, Mack James, Charles Davis Sr., Elaine and Sharon, Bill Carter, Betty Peavy Frick, Joye Cantrell, Fred and Gail, Dale and Norma Sessions, Padge Arrington, Jerry Callahan, Norman Masters
In memoriam: June Eleanor Carrico, Shena LaVonya Mobley, Eric P. Oswald, Bob G. Shepherd, Killough Henry White, Robert “Bob” Edmund Corley, Mayme Ellis Tyler
Our prayers are with: all who suffered loss from Hurricane Sandy, the elderly, the homeless, all currently fighting illness, all beloved pets, our president and congress, our police officers and firefighters, all who serve in the armed forces
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