Doing Good

In Acts 10:38 Peter makes a wonderful statement about Jesus.  “He went about doing good.”  We call ourselves Christians which we all know means Christ-like.  That must mean that we go about doing good.   I wish.  I can only imagine what the world would be like now if during the past 2000 years Christians went about doing good.  I wonder what our environment would be like if we went about doing good.  What if each day we purposed to do at least one good thing?

The entire verse reads, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”  I am not going to even think about applying the entire verse to us because healing is something quite different.

If one of us had the real gift of healing chaos would result.  The media rush, the stampedes of the ill, the devastation to our hospital system and the unemployment that would result as nurses and doctors lost their livelihood would be horrific.  So I am going to concentrate on the “doing good” part of the verse.

In 1965 Dionne Warwick sang to us Burt Bacharach’s song, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing there’s just too little of.”  That is still true 50 years later.   Real love, sweet love, would bear the fruit of “doing good.”  If there’s someone out there who’s not your favorite person be creative and do something good for them.  Who knows?  You just might become their favorite person.  Now wouldn’t that be something?

Written by Roger Bothwell on February 3, 2015

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