“How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” (Matt. 12:12)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 12:9-14
A friend and I walked into a fast-food restaurant to get a cup of coffee and engage in friendly conversation. A rather dirty, unkempt guy with long, stringy hair stood behind us in line. That first impression led me to believe he was a homeless man. One stereotype of homeless people is that they may be dangerous drug addicts and need to be viewed suspiciously. Yet my friend told the person taking food orders that he wanted to pay for the breakfast of “our friend” behind us. My companion then engaged the man in pleasant conversation and wished him a good day. It was a good thing he did for an unknown “friend.”
Jesus “went around doing good” (Acts 10:38), and we are to do the same. In some cities, it is illegal to feed the expired parking meters of other people, but for the most part there is no law against doing good. We can find plenty of reasons for failure to do good things for other people, but a major objective should be for us to be good and do good every day. Random acts of kindness are commendable, but constant and consistent acts of goodness are better. Every day is a good day to do good.
Do something good for another person today.
Ken Heer was an ordained minister with The Wesleyan Church prior to his death. He served as a pastor, educator, and church leader for more than fifty years.
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