Sin is often underrated, like mold, it feeds like decay within the skin. It spreads and grow according to the conditions (human appetites). Like mold on a bread, if left uncleared for days, months and years, it becomes disgusting and leaves with it a foul smell. It provides you momentarily pleasure without you realizing that sin has already entered your flesh. Sins of lust, pride, envy, anger, sloth, avarice, greed if not taken care of have the ability to strip us off our identity as sons and daughters of God.
“And if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” – Romans 7:20
Notice that sins lures you away from something good and we are all made good, in the image and likeness of God. So outwardly while we may appear to be doing well, inside of us, there is an internal struggle. What is the struggle? You may ask- It is the daily struggle between the flesh (our desires) and the spirit (God living within us).
“God saw all that he made and it was good.” – Gen 1:31
For all the reasons, either good or bad, our thoughts do affect our actions. Failing to do good, is also a sin. Why? Because we deprive others of receiving God’s grace and mercy through our being (a conversation, a smile, kind words, etc). At the same time, we are also depriving ourselves of encountering God through the person. Like they say, love goes two ways, same for communication, and etc.
So when we fail to do good, we need to examine our thoughts, and take time to be present with God. We need to ask God to reveal the weakness and sin in us, and this takes an open heart and correct disposition to listen to Him.
Question: What keeps me apart from doing good? Is it because of pride, jealously or maybe fear that turns me away from God?
Emotions indicate how we feel, for instance why do we react in a certain way or in a particular situation? We need to have the courage to ask, to look within, and to seek answers with God in prayer.
Does doing something good equate us to being holy and righteousness? Only God knows. “Humans look at outer appearances but God looks at the heart”. -1 Samuel 16:7 Even if others oppose, there is no need to ‘save’ our ‘image’ because God will save us. When we die to ourselves daily,
‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” – Galatians 2:20
What are my intentions? Am I doing good because others are looking at me, or am I doing good because it is what I choose to do.
“Prayer and good works goes together.” – James 2:17
A good gauge of identifying your faith journey is looking at your response to others in a trying situation, notice your behavior before and after. Your reaction is one way to gauge your true intentions. It is only through prayer that allows one to go beyond themselves to do a good deed for the benefit of the other, and not for selfish reasons.
“May we set our minds on things above and not on earthly things.”
– Colossians 3:2