We are encouraged in God’s Holy Word, the Bible, to continue in our walk with Jesus Christ doing what He has called us to do. It is reality that being obedient to our Lord and Savior is an honorable task, but it is work since it goes against our flesh. The following are verses that give us hope as we struggle to do God’s will in this fallen world striving against our flesh.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (10) As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:9-10
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (2) Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (4) Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. Hebrews 12:1-4
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: (9) Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (10) For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: (11) Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. (12) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. (13) And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? (14) But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; (15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (16) Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. (17) For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 1Peter 3:8-17
Whether near and dear to our hearts, or distant and not cherished, we are all going to deal with the contradiction of sinners against ourselves. Our compassionate and obedient goal should be to continue in doing good and not growing weary. Jesus Christ, our awesome Lord and Savior, is the discerner of our hearts and the holy example we must follow.
Doing good for God’s glory goes against the worldly system and convicts sinners of their sin. Godly living goes against our natural bent and can be a serious struggle at times. We want our rights to be protected, we want our comfort to be guarded, we want our goods to be preserved, we want our reputations to remain sterling, we want to have the final word. We don’t want to lay it all on the line, but that is what Jesus Christ our Great God and Savior calls us to do. He left us His example that we should follow in His steps, dying to ourselves, taking up our cross and following after Him. We would all be undone sinners shadowed beneath the Almighty Hand of God raised up in wrath against us. Instead, Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God died in our place taking that judgment that we deserve, suffering our just fate, shedding His Holy blood that we can be forgiven and justified in God’s sight, new creations created in Christ Jesus for His good works.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: (22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: (23) Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously: (24) Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed. (25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 1Peter 2:21-25
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, (2) Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (3) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (4) Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (5) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (7) But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (8) And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (12) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (13) For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Philippians 2:1-13
And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (24) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (25) For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? (26) For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels. Luke 9:23-26
We will always experience the contradiction of sinners against ourselves. God’s call to us is to do good to all men, especially to those of the household of faith, and to continue in that well doing looking forward to the reward that we will receive if we don’t become weary, loose heart and give up. May we live to Christ’s glory and praise. Amen!
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1Corinthians 15:57-58
Lord Jesus Christ who is sufficient for the race that You have laid out for us to run? Our sufficiency comes from You alone, as You equip and strengthen us for the good work that You have given us to do. May we all be faithful to please You, die to our flesh and walk in the power of Your Holy Spirit speaking the truth of Your Word, the gospel of salvation, showing forth Your love to all. Amen!
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. (14) Let all your things be done with charity. 1Corinthians 16:13-14