Do Good and Demonstrate Good Works

Dave Jones

Psalm 34:14: "Turn from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it."

Hebrews 10:24: "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” (KJV)

The “do good” and “good works” principle is repeated throughout the Bible and is a good decision-making reference for nearly every situation. Moreover, in James we read “faith without works is dead” and the Hebrews Hall of Faith provides examples of those who demonstrated “doing good” and their “good works.”

Now, I don’t want you to think I am an “earn heaven” or “salvation by works” sort of fellow. This biblical principal was made clear to me many years ago when I was unsettled about inevitable career changes and seeking God’s will for my future. Rather than show me the future, God brought verses like these to me and made it clear that I should be busy “doing good” and demonstrating “good works” while patiently trusting and waiting in Him. As the days unfolded, God brought me to Matthew 5:16 and to this day it remains to be a keystone for all of my decisions.

Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (KJV)

This principle can be applied in virtually every circumstance and teaches that our actions can ultimately lead others to glorify God. So, as we commit our actions and thoughts to God’s scrutiny, the “do good” and “good works” verses are decision-making guideposts and may also help others to know who God is and eventually glorify Him.

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