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. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:35, 36 ESV)
Our verse above tells us to do good and the verse following tells us to "do what is right and good in the sight of The Lord."
And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you, (Deuteronomy 6:18 ESV)
Now there is a difference between the two because sometimes we can make our words, thoughts and actions seem good to us.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 16:25 ESV)
We can justify our behavior to ourselves and convince ourselves that we are ok. However most people when they hear our excuses can see right through lame excuses.
And many scripture verses when picked through and taken out of context can seem to make everything be ok.
But are you really ok in God's eyes. Do you reason with, "yes, I know, but God understands why I.......?"
Because God will make exceptions for you because you are more special than everyone else. (Sarcasm) No, I don't think so. You are only fooling yourself.
God's word is powerful. It is specific. It contains so much. We do good to follow it exactly.
Do good. A small two word sentence. Sounds easy. Should be easy, not so easy to do. But keep trying. Always try. And like Nike says, just do it. Do good.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9, 10 ESV)
I heard someone on the radio say these words as I was typing this message, how appropriate; "If you can something good for somebody else it will do you good too."
Again, Later this week I will talk about these subjects in our verses.
C. Lend, expecting nothing back
D. Be merciful (kind to the ungrateful and evil)