November 2018 Memory Verse
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Read chapters 5 and 6 of Galatians in November
The phrase The “Therefore” takes us back to the context that precedes the verse we are memorizing. The truth laid out in the earlier verses teach us to bear and share in each others burdens. It also reminds us to make every effort to be generous and good in our conduct and communication with others. The words we use and the way that we use them can be a blessing and encouragement or a criticism and discouragement to our fellow man. Words can be healing or hurtful.
The phrase, “as we have opportunity”, or “while we have the opportunity” (NASB), let us do good to all. We have the great opportunity to do good to everyone and treat them with respect and in kindness. Most of the people in the world will return good for good and evil for evil (Luke 6:32-35; I Thessalonians 5:15). But the Christian is taught to do good for evil (Romans 12:18-21) and to do this in the spirit of Christian love (Colossians 3:12-14).
Our good works are a spiritual sacrifice that we offer to the Lord (Hebrews 13:16-17). In this we shine as lights in a dark world and thereby we glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). As this passage addresses our conversation or times of communication with our fellow man, the writer of Colossians says, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt (healing, cleansing), that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6). Then, Paul says at the close of this verse, “especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Make sure that you treat your fellow Christian in this way. We are one together in the Lord. We serve the same Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are in the same body (the church) together, for the purpose of building each other up in the faith. May God knit our hearts together, so that in everything, we do good to God's family. I'm so glad I'm a part of the Family of God!!