“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10 NKJV)
When we are in a relationship with Jesus Christ, we should become better people. The sad thing is, it’s easy to slide backwards on the scale. We become judgmental, finding ways to pick fault on Christians and non-Christians alike. We begin to think that God chose us because of how good we were and that other people need to hear what they’re doing wrong. Instead, Paul reminds us that those of us who walk in the Spirit of God will have opportunities to do good to all people. Here’s the kicker: we should take advantage of those opportunities to do good to all people, especially those who claim to follow Christ.
There’s nothing to be gained when a Christian is hateful, even if they’re right. People like that leave a sour taste in your mouth. What if instead of focusing on being right, we spent more time knowing that we’re right and ministering in love and doing good to all people. When we build a caring relationship with people, they’re a lot more willing to listen to us than when we attack them for being wrong. Our society is so polarized that people are searching for conflicts and evidence to use against people they disagree with. As followers of Christ, may the only evidence people can find against us is that we love our brothers and sisters and support them, and that we do good to all people, even when they disagree with us.
Lord, help me to swallow my words and my pride, especially when I’m right and learn to treat all people with the same love that You have for them. Let me love my brothers and sisters in the faith, especially, as I seek to do good to all people.