Do Good

Do Good

I have a fear. My fear is that my ego will grow with each compliment, praise, or acknowledgment of my works. It’s a valid fear because the Word cautions us to be meek and humble. However, I discovered a verse in my daily reading that threw me for a loop.

“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

Philemon 1:6 KJV®

Wait, what? Afraid I missed something, I read a different translation.

“And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it.”

Philemon 1:6 MSG ®

Then it hit me. There is absolutely nothing wrong with acknowledging the good we do in the name of Christ Jesus. I’m not saying we should take a bull horn and yell our good deeds to the world. But when people need to see that Jesus is real, that He died for us and called us to follow in His footsteps…well then, how can it be wrong for us to recognize the good things we’ve done?

For it is because our Lord and Savior died for us that we do them. We do them as tribute. We do them so all will know Whom we follow. We do them so that those struggling in life will experience the love of Christ. We do them because He asked us to.

“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

 Luke 6:35 KJV ®

So tonight, why don’t you list the good things you’ve done for Christ. It may fuel you to do more. It also may show you that you do more than you think you do.

Be blessed and do good.

Toni

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Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. I like this thought, Toni. Also enjoyed the different translations of these verses. I think it’s smart to seek out different versions when we struggle for meaning in a particular passage.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Glad to share my experience with different translations. 🙂

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  2. You wrote clearly about the struggle many of us have with “false humility”, Toni. What finally got my attention was the thought that in false humility, WE (I) are still the focus. And it should be on Christ and His kingdom. Thanks for this post.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Great point, Gail! It’s amazing how often we insert ourselves. I have to remind myself often to think of others first.

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  3. Good post, Toni. I worry that pushing my books is arrogance, but God gives us the words to minister to others. The main thing is our attitude. If we write or do anything to the glory of God, & not for our praise, it can’t be wrong. Super idea to remind ourselves of our victories through Him.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    I agree, Janet. Attitude is vital. Are we promoting to give ourselves the glory or to glorify the Lord. It’s something I believe we all struggle with and I also believe, only He can show us our true intentions.

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  4. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating what God has done through us, Toni. 🙂 After all, that’s the point, right? It’s all about perspective. 🙂 Praise the Lord for all things, even the good stuff? Of course!

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  5. Loved this post, Toni. Thank you. I often enjoy comparing different versions of Bible translations. I do my daily Bible reading in the NKJV, mostly because I have it in large print 🙂

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