Today’s Bible Study is: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:9-10 NIV)
Let is never be weary of doing good. This is a concept that is repeated throughout the bible in many different forms. We are instructed to do good to others, our friends and neighbors, members of our Christian families, and even our enemies. These goof works are the works of god, the works that he would have us do as faithful followers of his way. These are the good works done by Jesus during his time on earth and the good works that we, as sons and daughters of the Christian family must continue to do all the days of our lives. We frequently hear people say, “My work here is not yet done.” Hopefully, that work to which they refer is the good works of God.
The sixth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians is actually a final admonition and benediction: “I am writing in my own hand, ” Paul dictated his letters, but customarily wrote a personal note at the end in his own hand. Paul concluded in this fashion in 1Cointhians 16:21, Romans 16:22, Thessalonians 3:17 and Colossians 4:18. His concluding words here, however, are not warm and personal. As he begins without thanksgiving, so he concludes without personal warmth or mentioning any names. Instead, he provides a harsh summary of the message of the whole letter.
Paul’s “I’” is not merely an individualistic personal experience, but representative of Christian existence as such.
The old world was marked by distinctions and separations. One received one’s identity by being either this or not this, Jew or Gentile, law-keeper or law-ignorer, male or female, save or free. The new world that came into being in Jesus Christ had overcome not only the law and circumstances, but non-law and non-circumstance, religion and non-religion. The Galatians are reminded again of the pronouncement they heard at their baptism.
And, in our verse for today, we are reminded to do good. May we never tire of doing the good works that God intended us to do. May we walk in the paths of righteousness and o good to both our neighbors and our enemies. May we stoop to help, bend to lift, and carry the burdens of those who cannot carry them alone. May we seek strength and wisdom from our Lord Jesus Christ to do good to all people, and especially to those who are members of our family in heaven. Amen.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock and The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur.
Columbia Prayer Chain
Our Columbia Prayer Chain is open to all residents of Columbia who would like to share their prayers and receive the prayers of others. Please leave your name in the comment box below or email me to join our Prayer Chain. If you know of someone who would like to be placed in our Prayer Chain, please leave their first name and neighborhood only. It will be updated daily as different people in our home city request our prayers in their time of need.
Friday, July 8
- The Rev. Joy Cantrell in Shandon
- Rootie Pope in Leesville
- Doug in Wildewood
- Gene Awtrey in Spring Valley
- Jackie Rhodes in lower Richland
- Sally and Leslie in Blythewood
- Caylee Anthony
- Chad Laurence from Beaufort
- The family of Dr. Steven Everhart
A discussion of today’s bible verse is encouraged. If you would like to participate, please feel free to write a comment in the space below. There are many different outlooks and interpretations of scripture passages and, the more we share, the more we learn.
Sharon is a member of the Community Church of the Midlands that meets at Seven Oaks Community Center at 200 Leisure Lane in Columbia and is a frequent participant, with her husband Douglas, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral located at 1100 Sumter Street In Columbia.
Follow Sharon on Twitter or friend Sharon on Facebook.
If you enjoyed this article, you can find more at Sharon’s Columbia Biblical Studies Examiner homepage. To receive email alerts when new Bible Study passages are posted, please click the “Subscribe” button.