This verse from Galatians 6 is one of my favorites, because of the uplifting message that it offers: “do good to everyone.”
It seems to me that we live in such a jaded society these days, where even genuine acts of kindness and altruism can be met with skepticism and rebuke (I know – I’ve experienced it!). While we should always seek to be wise in our dealings with others, remembering to maintain healthy boundaries at all times, I can’t help but wonder: why are we so often disinclined toward offering help and/or hope to those around us?
What I appreciate about this passage is the disclaimer at the front of it: “as we have opportunity….” So, in my view, this does not mean that I am required to befriend every person who comes my way (in fact, such an approach would leave me exhausted emotionally and spiritually), but rather that – when God provides an opportunity and the Holy Spirit is guiding our words and actions – our doing good to others truly honors and pleases Him.
And that’s why we do good to others, ultimately – not because of what they’ll give to us in return (likely nothing), or even because of the way that the experience makes us feel; no, we choose to obey this command because we know that such actions please our Father in heaven, and we desire to do good to Him, too. 🙂