Posted: Wednesday, October 12
1 Thessalonians 5:4-28
Verse of the day:
See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
In one way or another, we are all faced with the same dilemma. How should we live as we await the return of Jesus? AS with everything else in life, we find the answer we are searching for in the pages of the Bible. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22, Paul teaches us how to live as we wait.
In verse 5, we find a very relevant yet challenging advice on how to relate with others. The Apostle’s advice was and is highly countercultural. The gist of it is “Do good to all people, all the time.”
Even though everybody will do good to someone at least once in their life, to do good to all people, all the time is not something we do naturally.
You see, we are constantly tempted to do whatever it takes to get what we want. We tend to rationalize that a good outcome excuses any wrongs. For example, we deceive ourselves by thinking it would be ok to lie about someone who has accused us as long as it helps us not to get into trouble. To do good to all people, all the time is not something we do naturally.
Even worse, we are also constantly drawn to do good to others as long as we can get something out of it. We tend to keep score. Yet, today’s verse is encouraging us to do good solely for the joy of doing the right thing. If we get something in return, great, if we don’t, great.
Even if it does not come naturally, we should strive to do good to all people, all the time.