Devotionals Archive

An Unforgettable Deed

Jul 24, 2021

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.– Galatians 6:10

It was a special day on Iowa Street, in the town of Medford; a new family was moving in across the street from us, and
there was a boy about my age in the family. We were excited about getting to know them.

As we viewed the moving van coming up the road, the father of the new neighbor boy hollered at us and asked us to come over. Out of the house came the
new boy with a package. As he opened it, to our delight there was an ice-cream cup for everyone. This had not happened in our neighborhood before!
The new family immediately endeared themselves to the neighborhood boys and girls. Their action also guaranteed a trouble-free environment for the
new family.

This deed was something we never forgot. It was a small price to pay for the good will of the neighborhood children, and it seemed to set the tone for
all of the activities from that day forward. Whenever his children were involved, we remembered him fondly as the man who gave us ice cream.

Good deeds can go a long ways in building a relationship with someone new. It seems so trivial, and yet even a small act of kindness can leave a lasting
impression on someone we come in contact with. It was said of Jesus that He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), and He is our example to follow.
We do not have to share our full testimony and beliefs to be a witness; just letting people know that we care about them will speak volumes. And others
are more likely to listen to our words if we have proven by our actions that we have something worth saying.

The directive given to Christians in today’s focus verse is that as we have opportunity, we are to do good unto all men. When we show love to others, we
are pointing them toward the sacrificial love of Jesus, who paid the price for man’s sins. May it be said of us, as it was said of our Lord Jesus,
that we went about doing good.