Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
This has always been my favorite bible verse since I first read it and it carries heavy significance into how everyone should act and speak. As the new year begins today, I think this is a good time to bring up several important reminders to consider as we all go through this next year.
1. Our words and actions can either breathe life into relationships or cause death to them.
I’m sure we have all experienced times where what we said or did affected the relationships with people in our lives. Exhibiting self-control and being cautious with our words and actions are vital to the growth of relationships with the people around you.
2. God calls us to love on everyone, not just the people you like or are comfortable around.
I’ve never had an issue with helping those in need. Also, by loving on others, it can potentially give you the opportunity to speak about the Gospel and Jesus Christ to them. A couple days ago, I was at a restaurant and a homeless woman came up to me and asked if I would be willing to buy her a meal. I told her I was more than happy to buy her one, but she had to promise me one thing. That one thing was to never forget that God loved her no matter the circumstances, everything happens for a reason, and that God has a good plan for everyone including her. She agreed and while we were waiting for her order to be ready, she told me about her life and I just got to know her on more than a superficial level. Once her food was ready, she asked if she could give me a hug for being so nice and generous to her when we went our separate ways. This interaction was one of the coolest interactions I have had with someone I didn’t know. I didn’t do it for my own benefit, but rather so she could see that God’s love can be shown through our own lives onto others.
I hope this story can serve as encouragement to you to show love to others no matter what. It could have been so easy to ignore her or say I didn’t have any money, but instead I took the leap and tried my best to love on her the way that God loves on all of us.
3. Give more than you receive.
Hebrews 13:16 – “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting more for ourselves rather than giving to others. As stated in the verse above, God wants us to give and share what we have more than wanting to receive things. Giving isn’t restricted to only tangible items. Giving time to volunteer is just one example of how you can give rather than receive or want something.
I hope this post is beneficial to everyone and can give some important reminders to consider as we approach 2019. I’m excited to continue writing in this new year! God bless and Happy New Year!