1 Peter 3:10-11 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
My wife, Kristi, and I were out for an evening walk. We had missed our morning walk this Saturday morning to help our kids get some new bunk beds. So, in the cool of the evening, we headed out. There were other people taking advantage of the cool weather by doing a bit of gardening, walking their dog, and watering their plants. One family was out washing their car. The dad was busy detailing one car while his two little girls were working on the other car. Those little girls were having a blast, laughing, giggling, and when they saw us they called out, “We’re helping!” Yes they were, and enjoying every bit of the good they were doing. As I walked away, I thought what a great picture of the joy of doing good.
It has been well proven that doing good is good for you. An article, in the online resource called ‘GOODNET,’ a network that empowers people to take on positive actions that amplifies good, brings out seven scientific facts about the benefits of doing good. These scientific facts of doing good range from relieving stress, to helping us live longer, to improving our mental health, to increasing our happiness. ‘Doing good’ is a joy and fun. Sure, there are sacrifices and sometimes it’s not easy, but it brings a blessing to those we help and to us.
Luke 6:38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
God asks us to do good for others expecting nothing in return.
Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
We are to ‘do good’ in taking actions that will show love to another. Jesus put it this way…
Matthew 22:39 And a second (very important commandment) is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Sometimes our doing good will involve personal sacrifice and is difficult, yet we are to bravely continue doing good.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
We are to ‘do good’ in taking actions that will benefit our community.
Jeremiah 29:7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
We are to ‘do good’ in taking actions that will lighten someone’s load.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
One interesting reality in taking on the loving actions of ‘doing good’ is it reprograms our hearts. Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” What this is saying is in the atmosphere of love, the cycle of hate and wrong can be broken. We live in a world where hate, retaliation, and strife are growing, yet the loving actions of ‘doing good’ can change the climate. I know I have seen it among friends, in the work place, in marriages, in neighborhoods when people initiate the loving actions of helping another with a project, gathering others to meet a need in the community, inviting someone to join your lunch group, listening to other’s troubles, or just taking a moment to hear someone’s story. It can change the climate. Heroically ‘doing good’ has that much power! Why not try it out?
Church can be great place to be inspired and learn how to ‘do good.’ If you don’t have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches. We are in the middle a new Bible teaching series called The Hero Initiative. The series also has a daily devotional available. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net. You can even attend one of our live-streaming services (see http://live.cypresschurch.net/). We would love for you to join us.