'We know that all things work together for good...' Romans 8:28 NKJ
Romans 8:28. All things work together for the good of God-lovers. We've all probably heard this, a lot. But, when you really look at it, that verse packs a punch. It calls for actively doing good in our lives. Read it again, slooowly, and out loud. 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose' (NIV).
Try the same with John 14:21 (NIV): 'Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them'.
So, those who do what God teaches love Him. And they will have everything in their lives positioned for their good. If we want the 'all things working together for good' bonus, we're called to live like God wants. We have to actually 'do' loving God in our actions and thoughts, not just sing it in songs and tell Him in prayers every now and then. Re-reading Romans 8:28 with that thought in mind feels a little punchier. It's no longer something nice to say when someone's had a bad day. It becomes a call to act in the way that Jesus teaches us to, in order to have a truly good life.
So what now? Matthew 25:34-40 gives a good overview of actions that are important to God. In every situation, look for what God would have you do for Him, to bring about good.
SoulFood: Micah 5-7; Luke 22:39-53; Ps 24; Pro 24:15-18