Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 27, 2016

“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

Today’s devotion comes from Esther chapter 10.

“Now King Ahasuerus laid a tribute on the land and on the coastlands of the sea.  And all the accomplishments of his authority and strength, and the full account of the greatness of Mordecai to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia?  For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and in favor with his many kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.”  Esther chapter 10.

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Mordecai “sought the good of his people and spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.”  (Emphasis added by Bill)  Verse 3.  Let us follow Mordecai’s example and do good to people in our church (and other believers) and also do good more broadly to others (“all people”) in our neighborhood, city, state, and nation.

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”  Galatians 6:9-10.

“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others?  Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:46-48.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:21.

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.”  1 Thessalonians 5:15.

“27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.”  Proverbs 3:27-28.

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  Hebrews 13:16.

Who can go such good to all people?

But, there is hope!

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.”  Matthew 7:17-18.

Christ created us, prepared us, and caused us to do such good deeds to all people:  “who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”  Titus 2:14.

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