Do Good for All, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
Throughout our lives we have received instruction on a variety of things from learning 2 +2 = 4 to science to Scripture.We are always learning if we are teachable--no matter now young or old we may be. Our portion of the Bible today continues to give us instruction for living out our faith in the current world we are living in.
Each of us, in our own ways are to be leading a productive life. For each person that will have a different dynamic and definition to what "productive" might mean. The entire idea is to be active in encouraging one another, supporting those who are weak in one way or another, and being patient with everyone! Wow! The word "everyone" sets the tone as it is easy sometimes to be patient with some and not with others, but our walks with Christ asks us to do that very thing--love and care for everyone!
Verse 15 holds a very important message, especially in light of today's world. We have all been wronged by one thing or another in our lives. The challenge presented before us by the Word of God today is to not do wrong back! Not easy! Yet, in the strength of the Spirit of God within us, we can trust the Lord to give us the strength to heed the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:43-48."You have heard it was said, "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Strengthen yourselves in the Lord in such a way that you will be able to love, love, love. Let us strive to do good to ALL!