What were some of the challenges you faced in meeting your resolutions last year?
Share in brief one thing you would like to achieve in the course of the year.
Main Text: Galatians 6:9-10.
Memory Verse: Whenever we have the opportunity, we shoulddo good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters. – Galatians 6:10 (NLT).
Caring for one another is very important because the world is filled with different kinds of people. Some are privileged to be able to afford the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter daily. Others simply struggle with starvation and lack of other basic needs. Unfortunately, people who interact daily with the needy sometimes grow weary of supporting them and become insensitive to their situation. This is due to many factors. However, the main text for today’s study provides an encouragement to continue supporting the needy amongst us in spite of the challenges involved.
Questions for Discussion
Discuss the factors that make people weary in doing good.
Why should we persist in doing good in spite of the challenges? Verse 9
Why did Paul emphasize the need to do good to the family of believers? Verse 10, James 2:16-17.
What should be the attitude of those who receive material support from the church and benevolent individuals within the church?
How would you personally respond to the needy around you?
Goodness is the quality of being gracious, virtuous and sensitive to the needs of others. Caring for others is not limited to providing material things or financial resources. It includes extending a helping hand, assisting in job acquisition, offering free consultancy, consoling people in trying moments (bereavement, loss of job) and celebrating their successes (graduation, weddings). Sometimes, unpleasant experiences such as ungratefulness and disloyalty cause many to lose interest in showing kindness to people in the church.
However, while admitting that these experiences are painful, we must be encouraged by the Scriptures that we will be rewarded if we continue to do good without growing weary. Those who are privileged to receive help in the church should always remember to be grateful.