as Christians we are called to love everyone and show kindness to whomever crosses our path but we need to be careful about those we call friends and those we choose to spend our time with. there’s a very thin line between being the light in someone’s life and them being the one to dim yours… watch out!
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
the bible says “In this world you will have trouble,” so I’m never surprised when trouble comes. life happens, circumstances get burdensome, hearts break, situations become down right hard and darkness can inevitably ensue. but it doesn’t have to. let’s not forget the second part of the verse, “I have overcome the world.” Jesus has already won, therefore we can already win!
when darkness tries to rear it’s ugly head remember, Jesus IS light! and where there is even a small glimmer of light, darkness disperses! let Him in!
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
a friend of mine sent this quote to me. this, coupled with a devotional I read by Christine Caine AND a sermon by my pastor, really made me stop and reflect. it’s my brokenness God uses to reach others. it’s my weaknesses, made exactly the opposite by Him, that draw people to relationship. it’s being vulnerable that opens the door and actually creates security in relationship. we live in a world that is completely upside down according to God’s word! it truly is the one with cracks that allows the Light to shine through!
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV)