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Doing Good with No Expectation of Return

Proverbs 13:21

Evil pursues sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.


Christians are called to a higher spiritual practice, a call to do good even when our actions may not be reciprocated or rewarded in the way we expect. This is the essence of unconditional love and selfless service, a fundamental principle of our walk with Christ.


In the book of Luke, Chapter 6, verse 35, our Lord Jesus teaches, "But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked."


Here, Jesus is calling us to a radical love, the love that is kind to those who are ungrateful and lends without expecting repayment. It is this love that identifies us as children of God, for it reflects the nature of our Heavenly Father.


But why do we often find this principle challenging to live by? The answer lies in our human nature. We live in a world where most actions are driven by the expectation of a return. We give to receive; we love to be loved; we help to be helped. But if we are to truly follow Christ, we must learn to rise above these worldly motivations and do good purely for the love of God and humanity.


In the Book of Galatians, Chapter 6, verse 9, Apostle Paul encourages us, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Although the fruits of our good deeds may not be immediately visible, we must have faith that God sees and appreciates our efforts, and in His time, we will reap the rewards.


In following this path, dear brothers and sisters, we may face discouragement. We may face disappointment, but we must not grow weary. For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them (Hebrews 6:10).


The journey of doing good with no expectations of return is a road less travelled. It is a path of humility, selflessness, and sacrificial love. It is a testament to our faith in God and His divine justice. It is the path our Lord Jesus walked, and in His footsteps, we are called to follow.


So, I invite you today, beloved, to embrace this principle in your daily lives. See every act of kindness, every gesture of love, every moment of service as an opportunity to reflect the love of God – not for what you may gain, but for the solace and joy it brings to others. In this way, we live out our faith, growing closer to God, and becoming a beacon of His divine love in the world.


May the Lord continue to strengthen you as you commit to this noble path, and may His grace abound in your lives.