Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for individuals, to encourage personal reflection and Bible study.
Spend some time reading and thinking about Galatians 6:7-10: Make no mistake, God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up.So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.
Throughout the Bible we are constantly warned to steer clear of selfishness. Selfishness is a mindset that leads to evil thoughts and acts. When we engage in acts of physical or emotional harm against another person, we are joining in the work of evil to harm God’s creation. This goes against the work of the Holy Spirit. When we harm others (through gossip, lust, manipulation, mean words, physical harm, spreading lies, sexual harassment, or abuse), we harvest devastation. However, it is our choice to engage in this type of evil; we can choose instead to live like Jesus and do good. There are times when it may seem easier to allow our selfishness to take over. However, Paul reminds us to work for the good of ALL and to always choose good over evil.
Recall a time you harmed someone physically or emotionally. If you haven’t already, pray and ask for forgiveness from God and that person. Admitting our wrongdoings is the first step to achieving humility.