"So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially those who are of the household of faith." Galatians 6:10
So, as we have labored through First John over the past couple of months, not only have I been strengthened by the Word of God regarding my own salvation and I have been unquestionably challenged about how I love those around me and so display my love for God. The verse above really kind of summarizes all that we have been talking about.
"Do good to everyone." This removes our human pre-qualification of who we should be loving and doing good for; everyone. We are to do good to everyone and be genuine in it, and by so doing, love them.
"Especially those in the household of faith." This calls our love and good-doing to a higher standard. It's like our families. I have genuine love for people around me, and am asking God to teach me more about that, and I love doing good things for people because God has blessed me to be able too. But, I am not able to love them and I don't do for them in the same way that I love and do good for my family, my wife and children.
As we have opportunity, we do good for anyone we can, but we go out of our way for our family. And, I don't just mean the Village Church family, our faith family - the body of Christ. Be involved in the lives of Christians and do good for them. Take a meal to someone. Invite people in for fellowship. Extend a helping hand in some way. Do good, especially for those in our household of faith.
Grace & Peace,
(You can reach Pastor John at firstname.lastname@example.org)