Love in Action
As Christians, we do good works because our faith compels us to act for the good of others, without expectation of anything in return. It’s what we are called to do.
Scripture guides us:
– Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. … Remove the plank from your own eye before you worry about the spec in your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:37-42)
– No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. … A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. (Luke 6: 43-45)
– A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:24-26)
Yet, we know that on occasion, these truths don’t seem to hold up to our scrutiny.
Jesus told of the rich man and the beggar, Lazarus. Although the rich man lived in luxury, after death he was damned to hell. Although Lazarus suffered in life, he was welcomed into the heaven. (Luke 16:19-31)
As Ecclesiastes noted, when times are good, be happy. When times are bad, remember that God is in control, and we cannot see into the future.
By this I know that my encounter with an aggressive driver who hit a deer, and my avoidance of collateral damage, is not a reflection of God’s judgment, so I will refrain from judgment. I will continue to trust God’s promises, and seek to walk the paths of righteousness.
This week, I addressed and stamped Christmas cards (for the first time in umpteen years), in my ongoing mission to express love and joy. I’ve given socks to the homeless (Roger, Kyle and Henry), and participated in the Good Samaritan program. I’m not seeking anything in return. I’m not trying to prove myself worthy. I’m just doing my part in the battle between good and evil, trusting that good will overcome.
LORD, thank you for your mercy and grace. Guide my steps, save me from the trap of misguided judgment. Help me share your message of hope. Amen.