Choose to Do Good

Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness. – (Proverbs 14:22, NIV)

Whoever works to do good will find love and loyalty. It is a mistake to work at doing evil. – (Proverbs 14:22, ERV)

Haven’t you noticed how evil schemers always wander astray? But kindness and truth come to those who make plans to be pure in all their ways. – (Proverbs 14:22, TPT)

 

We reap what we sow. If our plans are for the good of others, love and faithfulness find way back to us. However, if our intentions are to harm or are unkind in any way, we begin to veer off of the path that God has for us. It is a slippery slope, and one ill-intended word, deed or action, can lead to many more. Thankfully, the same is true of operating in kindness and truth. The more we seek to be pure in all of our ways, the more we recognize the good in walking out our lives according to God’s perfect plan for us. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us in what is good, so that we may operate in kindness and truth for all of our days.

 

The ways of the Lord, To Bear Good Fruit

Are good and with love;

Led by faithfulness,

Graced from God above.

Choosing unkindness,

Is far from God’s way;

Those who plot evil,

Find they’ve gone astray.

Instead, seek the Lord,

And choose to do good;

In kindness and truth,

Do as Jesus would.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You and trust in You to lead us to do good, love and faithfulness find way back to us. Forgive us for the times that we have chosen poorly in word, thought or deed. Teach us to turn to You for strength to do the right thing; always. Show us how to do all things with kindness in truth for all whom we meet, so that each may come to understand the power of Your love for themselves. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we choose to do good in kindness and truth as we walk out each day trusting You. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14

All for One and One for All

We are the body,

image from jonmrichardson.com

image from jonmrichardson.com

the body is one.

We need each other

to get His will done.

If one is in lack,

the one who has much,

can extend a hand,

give God’s loving touch.

If one is in sin,

come along beside,

gently restore them,

for each one Christ died.

Compare not ourselves,

one to another.

Celebrate the good,

embrace each other.

Care for our leaders;

do not be deceived.

We reap what we sow,

take heart and believe.

Let’s not grow weary

in our doing good.

For our time will come;

blessings understood.

(Responding to Galatians 6:1-10)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You created us for community.  Thank You that You intend for us to encourage and bear one another’s burdens in love.  Thank You that this is only possible by Your strength and Your grace, given by Your Spirit in us, because of all that You freely bore on the cross.  Forgive us for comparing ourselves to one another, and help us to recognize that our remarkable value rests in You alone.  Help us to care for one another, for our leaders, and for those who lacking, and may we never grow weary of doing good.  Thank You that we have hope and help here on earth, and that we have the glory of heaven before us.  May we live life in such a way that many may come to know You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present