Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 23rd, 2021

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

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Doing Good

Being a do-gooder may sometimes backfire, say scientists who found that highly cooperative and generous people can attract hatred, especially in competitive circumstances. According to Pat Barclay, a psychology professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, “Most of the time we like it when the bad guys get their comeuppance and when non-cooperators are punished. But some of the time, cooperators are the ones who get punished. People will hate on the good guys. This pattern has been seen in every culture.”

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Doing good can get exhausting, and it doesn’t help when it isn’t appreciated. Followers of Jesus are called to serve others. It is birthed into our spiritual DNA when we become followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit in us calls us to love others and care for them as Jesus would. We read the Gospels and we see Jesus pouring His life into others, healing them, counseling them, redeeming them, transforming them. And then He tells his disciples they will do even greater things. So, it’s no wonder that Paul, the busy missionary, says this in Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” God never gives an unfunded mandate – those He calls, He equips. So, He provides all we need to do good for others, and He also gives us encouragement, through the Bible and through others in the body of Christ who come alongside to urge us to continue on. Take time for your own renewal and rest – Jesus often got away from the crowds and needed to spend time with the Father. And then keep on doing good.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley