Reflection on Galatians 6:10


As we have therefore opportunity, let us do GOOD unto ALL MEN, ESPECIALLY unto them who are of the HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH.  Galatian 6:10 

The first thing is it provides the etymological implication  to do good. As we have ( While we have been given) opportunity (ὡς καιρὸν ἔχωμεν)  –  a time/ season. Somehow there is a sense of urgency is seen here because seasons do not last. You have a season to sow seed. The word here is used by the author is the same word which has been use in NT for season to sow or reap. This means you cannot let it go. The farmer who does not sow in the opportune time loses his reward. One cannot make an excuse, he cannot do it.   We cannot say “NO” when it is in our power to do good. Proverbs 3:27 says, ” Do not withhold good from those whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.

Secondly there is inbuilt logical implication to do good, that we have also been  given ability or power to do good. Τὸ ἀγαθὸν is, of course, the morally good but includes what is beneficent or kindly.    This implies God demands that we should  do good to All men-whether one belongs to our country or not, whether he is of same race or not, whether he is of same caste or not, whether he is insider or not, whether he belongs to same party or not, whether he belongs to same denomination or not. We are called to do good. Alleviating sorrowful people, Raising those who bowed down, Comforting those who mourn, delivering those who are oppressed, Protecting those who are in fear, Providing those who are in need and preaching the gospel to those who are perishing.  “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17 So no one is excused. We should be thankful to God for giving us privilege to do good.

The third thing is chronological implication of doing good. An application is one must begin doing good at home. Charity begins at home. We are to do good to those who are of the HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH (πρὸς τοὺς οἰκείους τῆς πίστεως). People who share common faith with us in the Lord Jesus Christ. We must not neglect  or forget those who are needy, sick, weak and helpless, widow and orphan belonging to the Church of Christ.

  1. They have the first claim on our resources.
  2. They should be the first who should benefit from our benevolence and liberality.
  3. They ought to be preferred before all the others.
  4. They must be fed before the other hungry people of the world.
  5. They must be clothed before the other naked people of the world.
  6. They must be sheltered before the other homeless people of the world.
  7. They should be shown mercy before the hurting people of the world.

Therfore one must be careful and eager to doing good. “And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9  We should take care to do good in our life-time, and make this the business of our lives.

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