'Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone.' Galatians 6:10 NLT
How can we 'do good to everyone'? Galatians 6:1-10 (NIV) gives us some ideas. (1) By gently correcting people who have taken the wrong path. Verse 1 says: 'If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently'. When someone is making bad decisions, we can choose to stand back and let it happen, or step in and correct them with love. (2) By helping people through tough times. Verse 2 says: 'Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ'. If someone's struggling, doing good means praying for them, just listening, or offering practical and emotional support.
(3) By avoiding comparisons. Verse 4 says: 'Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else'. It's important that we accept them as they are, and not compare what they're going through with someone else's story. (4) By thanking people who have helped us. Verse 6 says: 'The one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor' (NIV). When someone has helped us out, showing our appreciation is a very good thing to do.
(5) By following the prompting of the Spirit (see verses 7-8). If we're doing good to get something back, we're not doing good at all. Let's be more interested in what pleases God's heart.
So what now? Choose one of the ways of doing good from this passage in Galatians. Then put it into practice today.
Soulfood: Heb 11:17 - 13:25, Mark 11:1-11, Ps 47, Pro 12:4-6