“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?
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Evil is prevalent, but not overpowering.
How is goodness the superior force?
#evil, #goodness, #victory, #votd
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
Henry David Thoreau, American essayist and nature writer (1817-1862)
He loves His entire creation equally. He makes it rain on the just and the unjust. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. He extended His plan of redemption to any and all who will come.
During the study tonight this issue surfaced. Is the human being good in any sense? He was created good, but he blew it. There is none good, no not one. That’s biblical. And only when we admit that, when we fall at Jesus’ feet and confess ourselves the sinners that we are, does Jesus have any calling for us (Luke 5:1-11).
UPDATE: See here for the four marks of discipleship from the Luke text referenced above.
How did someone encourage me lately? I have been encouraged through TFR contributors. Through their comments and postings. I have been encouraged by the goodness (generosity) of God’s people in the benevolent work for one brother in Christ.