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Do Good

Do Good

29 November 2009

Scripture:

14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. 15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. 16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 NLT)

The thing that stands out to me this morning is how Paul encouraged the Thessalonian believers to look out for each other. They were going through hard times. In their case it was mostly due to persecution for their faith, but it involved economic challenges, being hassled by the authorities, and uncertainty about what the next day would bring. They also had to put up with false teachers who told lies about the return of Christ and about how things would be in eternity.

Paul admonished them to be true friends to each other; to warn lazy and irresponsible people, to encourage those who are timid and uncertain, to tenderly care for the weak, and be patient with each other. He said, “Don’t ‘get even’ when you are wronged. Always try to do good to each other. To be joyful and thankful. And pray.”

There are so many things in life we can’t control. Even as Kingdom of God citizens and followers of Christ we are subject to the realities of the world we live in and those realities are not always pleasant or easy. But Paul’s simple words still ring true today; “Be true friends. Warn, encourage, care and be patient. Always try to do good to others. Be joyful and thankful. Pray about everything. This is God’s will for you.”

Just as good advice today as it was then.

Prayer:

Father, today I purpose to be true to my friends and family. I will warn, encourage, care, and be patient. I’ll find something good to say or do to each person I encounter today. I rejoice in your blessings to me and I am thankful. You are my source and my provider. I ask you for what I need and trust you for the outcome. Amen.

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