Do Good

by Scarlett Stough

One of the definitions of sin is: "Anyone, then, who knows the good* he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins" (James 4:17.)

We give thanks to God because he is good and he does good. God desires those who love him to be good (Luke 6:45; 8:15) and to do good.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10

When we do those good works God prepared us to do, we give others reason to thank and praise God:

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:12-15

When we see the overwhelming evidence of the presence of evil in this world, we are weighed down with a sense of helplessness to defeat that evil. Evil is war, hunger, cruelty, selfish ambition that mows down others in its path, child abuse, murder, greed—the list goes on and on. But God has given us a weapon to wage war on evil and it is not the military equipment of this world.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21

What does that mean exactly? Be a living sacrifice. What does that mean? Don’t conform to the mindset of people who do not believe in God. Let our minds be renewed by biblical teachings and the work of the Holy Spirit in teaching us to live the truth we know. Use our gifts and assets to help the people around us. Be sincere in our desire for the welfare of other people and show it by supplying needs as we have means and opportunity. Bless those who do not treat us nice. Don't seek retaliation for wrongs. Speak the truth in love. Be honest without being cruel and arrogant. The list for doing good is longer than the lists of evil in this world. We may not be able to feed a starving nation, but we can give something to our local food pantry. We may not be able to bring peace between nations who have been hostile to one another for generations, but we can humble ourselves to be at peace within our families. We may not be able to find an honorable person to elect to public office, but we can be honorable persons who do the good we know to do.

*Good translated from the Greek word meaning “beneficial in its effect.” The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, No. 18.

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