Between Doing Good And Ingratitude

I lived with my wonderful parents for 27 years. In all of those years I learnt a lot from them. One of such things was the “art of doing good” to people.

My parents insisted it stayed that way even if the beneficiary did not deserve it. According to them such acts of kindness and generosity to our fellow human beings will attract the aura of good tidings, and very importantly, the favour and mercies of God towards us. Even the Bible supports this as so many parts of the Bible talks about doing good to our fellow human beings and the benefits that go with it. The Bible also has so many accounts of the good deeds of our Lord Jesus Christ to people when He was on earth, even when they did not deserve it.

Another good thing about doing good to others was this inner peace and joy that comes with every act of kindness, especially when the beneficiary shows appreciation.

It is because of all these (and more) that I have always tried, sometimes against my wish, to reach out a hand of kindness, goodwill or generosity to those who need it. I have to confess that trully, it pays to do good; and it has been really encouraging.

However, a feeling of regret comes in when an act of kindness is paid back with hate, malice and wickedness. You begin to wish you had kept your kind heart to yourself. You begin to wonder why the happiness and gratitude that is supposed to greet an act of kindness, within seconds, turns to hate, malice and wickedness. At that point, you become confused, angry and wish that the hands of time can be turned back. Then you make up your mind that if you had the same opportunity again, you will certainly “play safe.”

I would not blame you if that is the way you feel. Cos sometimes it really pays to “play safe.” It is a matter of studying the kind of people you have around you. For some, acts of goodwill are really appreciated; for some, acts of goodwill must be done with caution, if you do not want to blame yourself later. People like this can disconnect you from God. They make you regret doing good. They make you think of stop doing good. They give you reasons, from their conduct, why you should also have a bad heart.

Then, in the middle of this confusion, you stop and ask yourself “what if God stops doing good to me because of my sins?” I chose not to ponder over this scary question!

So, it’s a matter of choice for you and I – listen to the voice of God and continue to reap the benefits or allow an ingrate to disconnect you from the mercies, favour and treasures of God….

May God guide and I to chose well in Jesus name, amen.

Thanks for your time.

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