“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” Galatians 6:10.
When most of us think of benevolence, we think of money that is given. Most churches, after all, have a benevolence budget that is given out to those in need. But, ‘bene-volence,’ literally meaning ‘good-will,’ is so much more.
When Peter proclaimed the gospel in Acts 10, he described Jesus in this way: “he went around doing good.” Really, Jesus just did naturally what came from His character. Because He was benevolent, He went around doing good.
So, we who have died with Christ to self and sin and wear His name are to “walk as Jesus did.” As we grow in the spiritual fruit of goodness, adding it to faith in increasing measure with the goal of becoming spiritually mature, we go around doing good as well.
It is no wonder, then, that benevolence is one of the church’s values along with edification and evangelism. Together we actively seek the opportunities to not do good for ourselves but outwardly-focused to all people, no matter who they are—but “especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Do you go around doing good?