The Blessing of Doing Good

J. D. Conley
December 21, 2014

Doing good deeds is the best way, and the only way, to live life to the fullest. It patterns the life of Christ "...who went about doing good" (Acts 10:38). As long as we are following Christ and walking in the light of God, we will not sin, (1Pet.2:21-22; 1Jn.1:7). Doing good is the best deterrent to sin there is. How can one sin when they are doing good? This does not mean we will never be tempted to sin, however, we will be in much stronger position to resist sin if we are actively engaged in doing good works. The busier we stay in doing good, the less likely we will do bad. That, in and of itself, is one great blessing for doing good. But consider a few others:

Happiness - The best way to achieve happiness is to lose yourself in doing good for others. Jesus said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). When we give of our money, our time, and our energy for others, happiness is what we get in return. Everyone wants happiness, but few have it because of their selfishness. Many believe if they please themselves happiness will be theirs. Solomon showed this to be a complete fallacy, (cf. Eccl.2:1-11)!

Making yourself happy is only accomplished in making others happy.

Satisfaction - If folks would pause to consider what really brings satisfaction in life, they would see that its not the chrome on that new truck or that big screen TV. Such things at best, provide only a shallow and fleeting sense of satisfaction. If any man ever had it all, it was Solomon. Yet, he was not only unsatisfied, he was miserable. His spirit was vexed, not mollified. A sense of satisfaction can only be ours when we know we have done something good, something that benefits others, instead of our self. Strange as it may sound, satisfaction comes when we make sacrifice, (cf. Rom.12:1-2).

Assurance - Is a great blessing derived by doing good. The assurance of knowing we are right with God is one of the greatest blessings that come our way as a result of doing good. Teaching a lost soul brings assurance. Visiting the spiritually and physically sick assures us we are doing God's Will. Acts of kindness bolsters our belief that we are right with our Heavenly Father. Little wonder John wrote: "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments" (1Jn.2:3).

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless andwidows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world" (Jas.1:27).