Must we continue to do good despite ingratitude ?
This is a recurring question that many people ask themselves.
Faced with contempt, ingratitude, slander, incomprehension that each of us can face: is it still necessary to continue to do good?
Nowadays, we find many facts in society that unfortunately are likely to discourage those who do good. It’s no more surprising to see someone who we helped to turn against us to spread insults or slander against us. Nor it’s no more surprising to see other people downplaying or denigrating those who try to do good. Why ? Because many people are evil.
And all this has unfortunately the consequence, the cooling of several people, whore were yet motivated initially to do good and decide for some to give up.
Hence the question that can be asked: can we continue to do good in these conditions?
Many will say no, others still yes. But the word of God is clear on this subject:
Let’s read James 4: 17
The Bible says:
He who knows how to do what is good, and who does not, commits a sin.
God wants us to do good. It’s His will for man that he must practice the good around him. No longer wanting to do good is therefore contrary to the will of God. Your emotions, the negative opinions of some people around you should not lead you to act contrary to the will of God.
Why continue to do good?
Let’s read carefully this portion of scripture
We are in 1 Peter 3: 9-20
Do not render evil for evil, or insult for injury; bless, on the contrary, because that is what you have been called to inherit the blessing.
If anyone, indeed, wants to love life And see happy days, May he preserve his tongue from evil And his lips misleading words,
Let him depart from evil and do good, and seek peace and pursue it;
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous And his ears are attentive to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
And who will mistreat you, if you are zealous for good?
Besides, when you suffer for justice, you would be happy. Have no fear of them, and be not troubled; But sanctify in your hearts Christ the Lord, being always ready to defend you, with gentleness and respect, before anyone who asks you reason for the hope that is in you, and having a good conscience, so that even where they slander you as if you were wrongdoers, those who decry your good conduct in Christ are confused.
For it is better to suffer, if that is the will of God, doing good than doing evil.
Christ also once suffered for sins, he just for the unjust, to bring us to God, having been put to death as to the flesh, but having been made alive as to the Spirit, in which also he went preaching to the spirits in prison, who once were unbelieving, when God’s patience was prolonged, in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a small number of people, that is to say, eight, were saved through the water.
Through this portion of Scripture, which gives us a clear answer to our question, we understand that doing good does not exempt us from slander or ingratitude, but on the contrary can make us vulnerable to it. What is more important is that doing good places us in the good camp, in the camp of those for whom God has the attentive view.
In the image of Christ, jealousy, adversities can happen to you simply because you are doing good around you but that should not discourage you, on the contrary you must strengthen yourself in the Lord. So, let those who suffer according to the will of God put their souls back to the faithful Creator, doing what is good declares the word of God.
We must therefore persevere in continuing to do good, knowing that all things are good for the good of those who love God, and that there is always a crown of glory waiting for those who have persevered to do good. The beneficent soul will be satiated, and the one who sprinkles himself will be watered declares the word of God.
1 Corinthians 15:58, the Bible says
So, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, steadfast, working better and better at the Lord’s work, knowing that your work will not be in vain in the Lord.
Other Bible scriptures to read on this topic
Galatians 6: 9/2 Thessalonians 3: 12/Matthew 10: 22/Romans 2: 7/James 5: 7/Proverbs 11: 25
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