When people are wilfully ugly to us, we have a choice on how to respond. 1. We can pout and have a pity party, using that as an excuse to do something we should not that is entirely selfish/narcissistic. 2. We can get angry with righteous indignation and “vent” to everyone we know, using that maybe also as an excuse to do something we should not that is entirely selfish/narcissistic. 3. We can get even with revenge and unforgiveness (that unfortunately never hurts them) and inventing creative ways to be seen on the higher ground or be able to retake our wounded pride, often using that as an excuse to do something we should not that is entirely selfish/narcissistic. 4. We can pray and be thankful for what we have and the opportunity to set our pride down and turn to the Lord for help and comfort. And the last one there is of course the only option we should go to as Christians. Matthew 5:11. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (-Bible Offline).” Look at Paul and Silas’ response to wilfully ugly people. Acts: 13:50. “But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51. So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. 52. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (- Bible Offline).” And again, Acts 16:22. “The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (- Bible Offline).” Let’s be the Christians God intended us to be and really be that light I’m a dark world.❤
We do not defeat evil.
Jesus Christ already did this. The work is finished.
We help remind evil of their defeat by praising and worshipping God and speaking truth.
This reminds evil of its defeat and it flees.
End of story.
Life is simpler than most people suspect.
The question is whose side are you on?❤
Maybe it is His human side that has been through everything we have and much more. Maybe it is His deep love and compassion that moved Him to heal and comfort and raise the dead. Maybe it is His sense of humor and constancy to the truth and His mission. Maybe it is all of those. But Jesus Christ lights up the room when I praise and think about and sing and read about and hear about Him. This is the light we are to be for people too. And Jesus helps with that too as our example and with the Holy Spirit and prayer and praise. How beautiful is that!😄❤❤❤
We got our Christmas lights up and I noticed two things:
1. I cannot get a decent picture in the dark. The light shines too brightly in contrast and comes out blurry. I would have to take the pictures in the day to do them justice.
2. All you can see in the dark is what is lit up. You cannot tell anything else about the house or surroundings unless it is lit up.
I thought deeply about these points, as is my custom, and came to two concusions:
1. Surrounded by darkness, the light of Jesus in us is the only things that shine. The darkness is not distinctive and the light is a sharp contrast, difficult on the eyes.
2. In the presence of darkness, the presence of light is desired, wanted, beautiful, what we look for. We want light.
We are the light of the world, now more than ever. We need to be the light. The world needs us to be the light. Jesus is our light and His Holy Spirit that lives in us is the light in us as long as we operate in humble obedient light and not sin darkness which suppresses it.❤
When we are saved by Jesus, God’s light lives in us, making us light. We matter. We matter to God as He expects us to shine His light wherever we are. Any room we are in, God’s light should radiate from us.
But what does this light look like? It looks like truth and love and glory/beauty. The light God gives us is such an enormous gift and is such a healthy responsibility to look after. We love God and other people. We love them with truth and gentleness, kindness and all the fuits n of the Spirit. We radiate this goodness and truth from God. We radiate as surely as light beams radiate from a light source. We are warm and the shadows/darkness in the room has to leave when we enter.
We necessarily exercise our light by engaging with others and God in the fruit of the Spirit. We need to practice that fruit gift- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control in truth. When we do, we are the light of God shining out.❤
If no one is being the light,
That is your job
Be the light.
If no one n is speaking the truth,
That is your job.
Speak the truth.
If no one is worshipping God,
That is your job.
If no one is forgiving and letting go,
That is your job.
Forgive and let go.
If no one is serving others in need,
That is your job.
Serve others in need.
Others may be content with selfishness.
That’s not your job.
Just be selfless.
Others’ sins are not your concern,
Just don’t sin.
Be God’s child.❤
Under the Light of the lamp I can read
Or sew or draw or paint and create.
Under the Light there is warmth and no fear
And darkness is chased off and love fills the air.
Under the Light of Jesus it is the same
That loving warmth pervades the dark,
And remembering that I am Jesus to them
Makes me proud that I’m Under the Light. ❤