As we have, therefore, opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.Galatians 6:10
Do you have opportunity to help someone? How do you define what it means to do good unto all men? I remember reading a book about a writer who started a blog before Christmas about her neighbor who was stealing her newspaper. Someone mentioned doing random acts of kindness towards the neighbor who was obstinate, discourteous, and gruff. The writer started doing just that and shared the results on the blog. What happened was that the writer learned to break through the barrier of the neighbor and found out the neighbor was mistreated by a co-worker who used him to get a promotion at work. This is known as being devious and it does not help with building relationships where there should be trust and integrity. People react negatively towards others because they have been mistreated.
Today the world is facing the virus Covid-19, and this virus has brought on a strain that everyone must face. How to cope with social distancing, general cleaning habits, and adjusting to a new work environment has been frustrating. What about those who are shut-in due to a physical disability, or the elderly who needs meals delivered to survive. What about the grieving individuals who lost someone to Covid-19? Some of us have the means to help others get through the struggle of everyday living. Some of us are learning to help each other to cope with the changes that Covid-19 has brought to humankind.
The Apostle Paul does not exclude anyone from doing good to others. In fact, this is known to many as the Golden Rule. Do you know what the Golden Rule is?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto youMatthew 7:12
The Apostle Paul goes on to state, “especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Why did Paul make this statement? Let us remember that Paul is addressing the church at Galatia regarding purity of conduct to that of their confession of faith in Christ. No one should be neglected in the household of faith. If there is a need for food, clothing, and or transportation to any place, that need should be fulfilled through the loving care of those who are of the faith in Christ. Some are gifted in this area, while others need help in doing good towards others. No one should be exempt from doing good. Even children can learn to do good by doing chores around the house, or helping by giving a neighbor baked goods, and or doing small chores for a neighbor like pulling weeds in the yard.
As we begin the Holiday season, doing good seems to be more on the forefront, but this should be done all through the year and not just during the Holiday season. Covid-19 brings about a new challenge during the Holiday. How can we do good with social distancing? Here is a list of some ways to reconnect.
- Call them on the Phone and share about your struggles
- Connect digitally such as Facebook messenger
- Join a virtual party for a music show or movie
- Attend a virtual tour such as a museum or the local zoo
- Reconnect within your own household by bringing out the board games and puzzles. Teach the kids how to cook or involve them in some new crafts.
- Neighborhood hangout block party drive through such as Christmas lights, or bake goods swap
Think of opportunities in how you can connect with those you care about including your neighbor. Random acts of kindness can go a long way to bringing a smile on someone face. What was it the Apostle Peter said about Jesus? How God anointed Jesus who went about doing good [see Acts 10:38]. Jesus was the example of doing good, by providing for the needs of the people he encountered. We can even pray for each other during this time of uncertainty. Let us think about the Apostle Paul’s words of advice this week before Thanksgiving. I pray that your heart will be full of joy this Holiday season despite the current situation we are all in. Let us help each other with words of encouragement.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.1 Thessalonians 5:17