So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

By becoming doers of good, we are known as children of the good God. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9, KJV).

A man is a son of God when he lives beyond himself by a thoughtful care for others; when his soul is not confined within the narrow circle of his own ribs, but goes abroad to bless those around him, however unworthy they may be.

True children of God never see a lost one without seeking to save him; never hear of misery without longing to bestow comfort. “Ye know the heart of a stranger” said the Lord to Israel (Exodus 23:4, KJV).

And so do we, for we were once captives, ourselves, and even now our choicest Friend is still a stranger, for whose sake we love all suffering men. When Christ is in us, we search out opportunities for bringing prodigals, strangers and outcasts to the great Father’s house.

Our love goes out to all mankind and our hands are closed against none if it is so that we are made like God, as little children are like their father. Oh, sweet result of entertaining the Son of God by faith!

He dwells in us and we gaze upon Him in holy fellowship so that, “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18, KJV).

Charles Spurgeon

Further reading