The Light that God has instilled in our hearts is meant to shine forth to
brighten a dark and lonely world. We must always remember that we are
ambassadors for Christ and as such we are to be the shining example of His
love, care and forgiveness. When others treat us harshly and do not share
simple consideration, we are not to take it personally, but rather see it
as an opportunity to return good instead of evil. Jesus said it this way
in Matthew 5:38-39 "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye
and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But
whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also." We
have received mercy and forgiveness from the Lord for our transgressions
and as forgiven recipients we are to share that same mercy and forgiveness
towards those who have done something wrong against us. We are to let our
light shine brightly in the midst of darkness where all who see us will
know Whom we belong to. (Matthew 5:16) (2 Cor. 5:18-21) (Romans 12:14-21)
I hope you are encouraged by today's message to be kind and loving towards
everyone you come into contact with and allow your light to shine brightly
where others are changed for the better because of your living testimony.
TWO NICKELS AND FIVE PENNIES
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy
entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of
water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" "Fifty cents,"
replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of
coins in it. "How much is a dish of plain ice cream?" he inquired. Some
people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she said brusquely. The little boy again counted the
coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the
ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away not saying a word.
The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed. When the
waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed
hard at what she saw. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two
nickels and five pennies, her tip.
We must always keep in mind that this world's system is constantly trying
to make us think of ourselves and not be caring towards others. That is
the opposite of how God wishes for us to lead our lives. The Lord Jesus
tells us in Matthew 22:37-39 "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first
and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself." I encourage you to think of others while you
go through your day and when you see the opportunity to be a blessing, see
it as a sign in which God can work through you to bless and brighten
someone else's day. The positive impact that we leave behind will be
remembered far longer than the time it took for that good deed to be done.
(Galatians 5:13-26) (Galatians 6:3-10) (Colossians 3:23-24) (Mark 9:41)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
John 15:11-13 Jesus says "These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy
might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
Hebrews 6:10 "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of
love, which ye have shewed toward His Name, in that ye have ministered to
the saints, and do minister."
Psalm 37:23-27 "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart
from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore."
1 Peter 3:8-11 "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for
evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye
are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will
love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his
lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him
seek peace, and ensue it."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE RIGHT WORDS
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Today's Selected Testimony: TERRY GABURO'S TESTIMONY
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry