Today’s thoughts begin with Galatians 6:10, which says “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (NIV translation). Craig’s sermon message from this past Sunday, based largely on Mark 12:28-31, was about where our priorities as Christians should lie. Love God, and love your neighbor…in that order. It isn’t always easy to love our neighbor, seeing as our neighbor is anyone we come into contact with, and also those we never cross paths with but read about or hear about in the news. With THAT being said, then, it is very difficult to do good to ALL people. It is probably even difficult to do good for other Christians, as some people who claim to be Christians may not always behave in a Gospel-spreading kind of way.
I’ve added the rest of the first ten verses of Galatians 6, because I think there are some key words in there to help guide us along our path in doing good to ALL people. The first in verse one is “restore that person gently.” We aren’t supposed to correct the wrongdoings of people with a punch to the gut of words. Next, we are to carry each other’s burdens. I think somewhere in those words, I hear the word empathy. This is a characteristic trait that seems to be slowly fading away in our currently, growingly divided society. Also, there is a person reaps what they sow (slight change of words to be more gender neutral). If we want to see the best in people, we have to first give our best to them. The best can’t include being judgmental, demeaning, or lacking in empathy.
So, today, tomorrow, and always, live out Paul’s words to do good to ALL people, Christians and non-Christians alike. It won’t always be on Easy Street, but your efforts will not go unnoticed by God.