Goodness Is Never In Vain

Walk in the Spirit of the Lord, seek His face, understand His commands, and desire to obey them, and He will shine the light of His presence on your path. Be open to His instruction, His direction, and yes, even His discipline and correction.

Discipline is the hardest part to endure. Be humble enough to admit your failures. Turn to the Lord and repent, learning the lesson the Lord has laid out for you. There is no one who has everything right, it is a lifelong process of learning what is right and true.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:10

Always return good for evil. It is easy to love those who love you but to be kind and compassionate to those who hate you, say judgmental things against you, and slander your good name, that is very difficult. 

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.

Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. Luke 6:27-31

What a great opportunity it is to show the unconditional love of God to them. That even though they walk in darkness and sin, and act wickedly toward you, you still show them the love, compassion, and forgiveness of Jesus. 

It just might be the very thing that will turn their heart to the Lord and away from the darkness. Bringing them into the light of the Lord. It might be the warmth that will melt the coldness of their heart that they may listen and understand the Gospel.

But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’  Acts 26:16-18

Of course, they may not listen at all. But even if they continue to harass, slander, and persecute you for the good you have done and your walk with the Lord, you did what is right and acceptable to the eyes of the Lord.

He is pleased with you and will richly reward your good and upright behavior. 

Walking with the Lord gives great peace and assurance. To do a righteous and kind act to others is truly satisfying. It gives those who do it rest. You know you are honored by the Lord because His Spirit will tell you so. There is no greater comfort than to know God is proud of you.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4

So remember, you are not working in vain. You are not just wasting your time. The Lord is watching every moment and recording your deeds for later. He is writing out an account of the goodness of your heart, the kindness to a stranger, the secret giving to the poor, every heartfelt thought, and righteous behavior that no one knows about.

You are having a great impact on others for Christ’s sake. Honoring and pleasing God with the ways of your life. Continue doing so, it is of great value, you will reap what you sow.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Though the road is difficult, rough, and steep, the Lord is with you every step of the way. Though you may not see Him or feel His presence all the time, He promises to never leave you and never forsake you. His promises are true. 

He is more trustworthy than the sunrise and sunset. He is more dependable than the changing of the seasons, more pleasant than a balmy breeze in the middle of a summer day. 

What a great and marvelous God we serve. You can be sure of this, there will come a day when you will hear those wonderful words,

“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21

We appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 

We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 

through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

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