1 Peter 3:17
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
I read this verse and the first thing that came to mind was one of my favorite old sayings; “No good deed goes unpunished.”
There is no known origin for this phrase, although it’s been attributed to the likes of Billy Wilder, Andrew Mellon and Oscar Wilde.
It’s probably the most used, witty, satirical phrase in my inventory. I’ve used it countless times, especially in my business career. My boss use to ask me, after we had tried to help a customer and it ended up biting us in the butt; “What is it you always say?” My response was, “No good deed goes unpunished.” We’d laugh, and thank God we could laugh.
Peter is saying what most of us with an honest, open heart already know. Doing what is right isn’t always easy, most times it is the hardest thing to do. Sticking to your beliefs and belief in righteousness can have its share of backlash. The response can be mild or it can be severe.
Doing good and being righteous can be thankless. But if you’re doing it just for the accolades then don’t even bother. Your efforts are not righteous and you will end up perverting good to fit the desires of others and the world.
Sometimes, and probably most times, it’s easier to do the wrong thing. It’s easier to deny and rationalize away what is right in order to save ourselves from having to be honest. Doing so is evil. Denying the righteousness in our hearts is evil.
There is always a price to pay, a consequence to endure for every action we take. The question is, are we willing to pay the price for sacrificing our righteousness in order to make the worldly easier? Or are we willing to pay the price for doing what is right?
Doing good is very hard but it is easier than trying to save a soul that’s been lost to the evils of worldly desires. We do good because in our hearts we know it’s the right thing to do. We do good to one day rest in peace.
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