We live in difficult days. People are angry, cruel, offended, defensive, stressed and violent. They are also overwhelmed, hurt, fearful and hopeless.
The world is in darkness, but darkness has no power. All it takes is light to drive it out. Kingdom citizens are filled with the light of His presence within them. A Kingdom citizen will never be in darkness. When you walk into darkness, the darkness retreats! You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. You have the power within you to make a difference in someone's life by just being kind and showing them the love of Jesus. I didn't say to preach Jesus...be Jesus. Be kind.
Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Yes, be kind. A word from the Lord doesn't have to be long or deep to be profound. It can be a whisper that changes you and the world around you.
When you are mistreated, be kind.
When you are offended, be kind.
When you are stressed or in pain, be kind.
No matter what situation you are in, be kind.
It has nothing to do with our feelings, but His commands. Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Recently, my husband and I met a man who is a living example of this. His weakened body and voice showed a man who had been through great difficulties and illness. But his face shone in a way that only comes from the Holy Spirit. His smile was contagious and his hugs strong. He knew no strangers. When we told him he had made our day, he shared some of his testimony. He told us that he should be dead and that God had brought him back three times. He said the devil can't take him as long as God wants him here. He was just happy to be alive and have another day to share His love with everyone he meets. He had every "right" to be depressed and miserable. He could have been home in bed waiting to die. But the Holy Spirit shining through him had to chase away the darkness that would engulf the lost and miserable. He is kind. No one walks away from him without catching his smile and feeling their burdens being lifted. Their darkness retreats.
Those living in the Kingdom, with the Holy Spirit guiding them, can drive out the darkness everywhere they go. Just be mindful of those around you and be kind!
Ephesians 4:30-32 Colossians 3:12-13 Matthew 5:14-16
Shining His light for all to see...
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