How to Be a Good Person [Galatians 6:10 Daily Devotional]
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
What is this verse about?
The Apostle Paul, the author of the letter to the Galatians, is encouraging us to be good to everyone. He starts off by saying we should “do good to all people.” That includes people you don’t like, too. He then takes it a step further by saying we need to be especially good to those who are believers. Again, this includes Jesus-followers that you don’t agree with.
How to be a good person
What Paul is ultimately trying to tell you is to be a good person. What do good people do? They serve others and add value to them. Both of those things start with spending daily time with God. It’s only through his grace that we are made good, then we can move on to the next steps.
Serve others by meeting their practical needs. If someone is hungry, feed them. All throughout the New Testament, Jesus talks about giving without expecting anything in return. With that in mind, be generous with your resources! Not sure where to start? Give to your local church. This allows them to pool resources and maximize the impact of your local family of believers. Don’t forget, praying for someone is also serving them.
You can add value to others not only by serving them but by being a resource. Be a source of encouragement; be someone’s cheerleader! Serve at your local church using the skills, talents, and abilities God has given you. Just like with money, the church enables us to pool our talents together to make a big impact on the world.
Jesus, I thank you for your sacrifice on the cross for me. Without it, I would have no hope of being the kind of person you want me to be. Give me the strength to continually grow in serving others and adding value to them. Help me to see opportunities to serve and be generous. It’s in your name I pray, amen.