A Labour of Good

Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.” [Ps 73:13 NIV]

Sometimes trying to do the right thing can become wearisome. Do you ever feel like that? Always checking your attitude, trying not to react badly to others’ unacceptable behaviour. You try to be nice, polite and courteous, even when you know you’re in the right. You try to show love to those who don’t seem to appreciate it. And trying to be “good” doesn’t feel like it gets you anywhere.

You see others who don’t seem to operate any kind of self-control in the way they act or speak, and wonder why they seem so guilt free. They appear to enjoy life and have everything going well for them. If you read the whole of Psalm 73, the Psalmist goes into detail how these kind of people live. So where’s the justice?

Well, God looks on our hearts, and it is what happens there which will be called into account one day. Selfish and kind alike, under the same microscope. And then we shall reap our rewards … or not. There is really nothing enviable about those who live to a low standard … not when you really look at it. So, as the Apostle Paul said “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” [Galatians 6:9 NIV]

Published in: on 31st May, 2011 at 1:49 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Thanks Amanda,
    We need a reminder like this as living life well is a long process with many opportunities for veering off the path.

    • Living life well is a hard task, but I want to finish well as well. So many people seem to give up along the way somehow, or get distracted. I don’t want to be that person. 🙂

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