Living like Christ

“You are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”

—Mt. 5:14-16

… to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

—Eph. 4:12-13

But rejoice inasmuch you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.  If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

—1 Pet 4:13-14

How you live determines where your heart is.  To be like Christ people have to be open to the differences in humankind.  Denis Waitley (b. 1933), a motivational speaker said, “A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” Through a smile let others get to know you.  Invite them in your life like Christ did.

Always remember to show appreciation to others, and compliment them when they do the right thing.  Let people know that you care about their well-being.  To do so try walking in their footsteps, for this is the way you’ll be compassionate.  Alan Cohen (b. 1950), an inspiration writer wrote, “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”

People’s Actions

So let your actions be like rays of hope even on gloomy days.  Reach out to the broken-hearted, soothe those who are hurting, and always remember to share your love.  Edith Wharton (1862–1937), a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Not all of us are like a candle, but in all we do we can reflect the light of Christ.  This ought to be seen through our actions.  What we say and do is important.  Take time to be a blessing to all people – rich, and poor alike.  Tell them you care about them.  Go the extra mile, and let the grace of Christ work for you.  It’s through this way we share God’s nature on earth.  You could do so by remembering it isn’t only the big things that count, but the many small things people take for granted we are called to do in life.

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