“So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” Galatians 6:10 NRSV
It seems so intuitive that we should work for the good of all. I don’t think any true believer of Christ questions the validity of doing good. However, sometimes we are guilty of limiting who we consider being “all.” We become trapped in the “all,” which includes a subset; Conservative/Liberal, Republican/Democrat, Christian/Non-Christian, Straight/Gay, Vaccinated/Un-vaccinated, etc. But if we read and believe that the scripture is God’s divine word, we must also interpret and obey the commands -- all means all; total inclusivity.
True, the scripture says, “especially for those of the family of faith.” In context to Paul’s writing to the church, it’s a reminder that they do not forget each other. Yes, do good to everyone, but don’t forget about yourselves. We need to be there for each other during those difficult times and bear each other’s burdens. Do good to all, inclusive of ourselves.
Precious God of all, we give you praise. We celebrate your inclusive love and compassion for everyone. Father, help as we emulate the example of Jesus in sharing this love to all. And, let us not forget about the members of your body. Let our actions this day be worthy of you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.