Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. (Amplified)
Think of it! We have the opportunity to live our lives in such way as to bring praise and honor to God. We get to live lives of righteousness and do good works that bless others and honor Him. We get to be extensions of Him. We don’t do it out of obligation – but out of love and gratitude for the amazing life that He has given us in Jesus.
Think of the attributes of people you interact with in normal situations. Those attributes that you like – patience, kindness, goodness, love, truthfulness, helpfulness, honesty, humility, gratitude to name a few. Isn’t it refreshing to interact with people whose lives are characterized by such qualities? Whether you’re at work, or in a store or wherever – how noticeable it is when those around us demonstrate such positive traits.
Unfortunately, all too often, we experience the negative attributes of people, particularly in difficult situations, or when they are rushed or simply preoccupied. More difficult still is when the ones acting negatively are Christians – or claiming to be. The question then becomes how are we going to respond? Will it be as they are treating us? Or will we treat them the way we wished they were treating us – in the way Scripture instructs us to?
It’s amazing what kindness can do when it’s offered in response to unkindness; – or patience to impatience – helpfulness to selfishness – honesty to dishonesty – courtesy to rudeness. Sometimes the only affect will be within the conscience of the ill-mannered person as they walk away thinking about your positive behavior. Other times, it can produce an immediate change where they respond positively.
But the issue isn’t really them and their behavior. The issue is us and the attributes we demonstrate to those around us – day in and day out. What kind of co-worker, friend, relative, spouse, parent, child, neighbor, teammate, classmate, lab partner are we? The more our lives are characterized by Godly attributes, the greater the positive impact on those around us will be.
These Godly attributes are the praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds we all can do. They are vital components of the light we are to shine forth. They bring honor and glory to our God and blessing to all those around us.