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As people, we want others to think well of us. As such, we’ll often do simple things for them thinking that by being kind, they’ll like us more. And through it all, there will be times when our motives are pure and we are living in such a way that we’re reflecting the light of Christ in our words and actions.
Unfortunately, there will be moments in all of our lives when we slip and fall down. Moments when others see the brokenness in our lives, and not the light. Inevitably, we may then get back into a healthier rhythm of being the light of the world. But that one moment of darkness may lead others to think, “You call yourself a Christian, but you did _________.”
It’s in moments such as this we can be humble and admit, “Yes, I acknowledge I sometimes mess up in life. And I confess my actions are not always a perfect reflection of Christ. But don’t think poorly of Him because of something I’ve done.”
In other words, we want to live our lives in a way that we’re constantly pointing others to Christ. We don’t want to preach about how good we are, but about how good He is.
READING & JOURNALING:
Have you ever had somebody not want to listen to you talk about the Gospel because of a poor decision you made earlier in life? How did you respond?
Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I do certain things in order for people to think better of me, and not with a heart to help others think better of You. Today, may my thoughts and my actions be directed to upholding and uplifting the goodness of who You are. May I not preach about myself, but simply that Jesus is Lord. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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