Wednesday, March 02, 2011

"She Does A Lot of Good, But She's Mean"

"She does a lot of good, but she's... mean."

A friend used those words to describe her mother-in-law to me recently. Frankly, I don't remember much about the rest of our conversation; but those words have stuck with me for days.

At first, the sentence doesn't look right, does it? How could someone who "does a lot of good" be "mean"?

However, when I think about it, I can think of examples of times when I (or others around me) have done "good" in a "mean" way. How often have I helped someone while being in an irritable mood? How often have I done good in one moment, only to say something mean in the next?

What is the saddest part about doing good while being mean? People can see through the pretense. While I may think I'm honoring Christ by doing good, I'm really disgracing his name while erecting a barrier between people and God. It's no wonder that the apostle Paul wrote, "And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works..." (Titus 3:14). Sometimes we need to learn not only to do good works, but also how and why we should do them.

"If I give away all I have...but have not love, I gain nothing" (1 Corinthians 13:3).

4 comments:

Michele Katherine said...

Hi Terry,

This is excellent food for thought. The Lord looks at our motives behind our actions. I have been guilty of the "irritable mood" and that will overshadow any kind of good work. I really want people to see Christ, and I want to be obedient and honor Him. This is a great post, and I like the Bible verses you chose.

God bless your family,
Michele

Terry said...

Thank you, Michele Katherine!

Hannah Marie said...

That was really touching!

Terry said...

Thank you, Hannah Marie!