Doing Good is not Always the Same as Being “Nice”

The Healing of the Blind Beggar Luke 18:35-43

(Luke 18:38) And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.  
(Luke 18:39) And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.  
(Luke 18:43)And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.  

We need to be aggressive and proactive about our faith like this blind man who refused to be silenced. He spoke up for himself and demanded his time with God, refusing to let anyone interfere. Instead of being “nice” and just doing what he was told, he insisted on doing good and seeking out the Savior. And no, being nice and doing good do not always go hand in hand. That’s not to say we should be violent, or rude, or disrespectful but we should be unflappable, persistent and unintimidated. The crowd told this blind man to “Be quiet! Remember your place!” But the more the crowd tried to silence him, the louder he got!  He knew he had a problem that only Jesus could fix, and he was not about to let anyone deny him the exercise of his faith. When he gained an audience with the Lord, over the objections of the crowd, he was blessed with two things: his sight and fellowship with his Savior. And being blessed, he became a blessing because his testimony gave praise unto God.

Imagine what would have happened had he just been “nice” and kept his mouth shut instead of doing right and seeking out his God?

Photo by Kourosh Qaffari on Unsplash

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