When good people do nothing

I was recently watching an episode of When Calls The Heart. A young boy named Cody was told a life-principle by his teacher, Elizabeth: “Bad things happen when good people do nothing.”

I’m sure it’s a famous quote from somewhere (I’m just not sure), but the episode went on to show how the opposite is also true: that good things happen when good people do something.

I like it. Granted, God is able to intervene in a variety of situations regardless of how good or bad people may or may not act. But it reminded me of James 4:17 and how God’s people are summoned to do the right thing when they know what that right thing is: “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”

So do the right thing—the good thing, the godly thing. Maybe it’s at home, maybe it’s for a neighbour or friend, or maybe it’s at work. Maybe it’s to do with your town, church or school.

There are times when we can overthink ourselves to sleep. Let’s not let today be one of those times.

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”

Good things happen when good people do something.


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