“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind. It is destroyed when you are cruel.” (Proverbs 11:7 LB)
In her “ANYWAY” poem Mother Teresa said, “The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.” I like that; it’s a great reminder.
But what does the Bible mean when it tells us to “do good”?
Luke summarized Jesus’ earthly ministry by saying that He “went about doing good” ( Acts 10:38).
Jesus did good by teaching, healing, feeding, and comforting people. As followers of Jesus, we are called to meet the needs of others, including those who hate us: “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you” (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27-35). They are to serve their enemies without expecting anything in return.
Moreover, as opportunity arises, His followers are to do good especially to fellow believers (Gal. 6:10). They are not to let persecution, selfishness, and busyness cause them to forget to do good and to share what they have with others (Hebrews 13:16).
To be like our Savior and His early followers, we should ask ourselves each day: “What good thing can I do today in Jesus’ name?”
When we do good, we will be offering a sacrifice that pleases God
(Hebrews 13:16) and that draws people to Him (Matthew 5:16).