Let Your Light SO Shine

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do (I Thessalonians 5:9-11).

          Those who love God and one another never cease to amaze me.  This congregation of God’s people is a wonderful beacon of light which shines in the darkness of night.

Jesus made the following statement to those who choose to follow Him:

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).

Some who had no time, made time; some who had tremendous issues of their own, replaced them with the issues of others; some who had grown weary, strengthened others who were fainting; some who had often received help, offered help to those in need.  Why? Because they are Christians.  Why? Because they are children of God.  Why? Because they are following in the footsteps of Jesus.  Why? Because they love God and one another.

Jesus said: If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15).  Jesus also commanded:  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:34-35).

Jesus Christ was correct in this statement as in all others that He made.  The world knows if an individual is a Christian (Christ-like) by the love that is shown to fellow Christians.  Therefore, the world knows if an individual is not a Christian by the lack of love shown to Christians.

Jesus said to the congregation of the Lord’s church in Philadelphia that they had a “little strength” (Revelation 3:8).  This statement may have been in reference to that congregation being few in number but powerful in Christ.  To this small congregation Jesus had no words of correction or of rebuke.  The Lord and Savior only had words of praise and encouragement for these faithful brethren.

For all the good and godly works in which you are involved, I join Christ Jesus in words of commendation.  Thank you for all that you do and the wonderful encouragement you give to all the righteous here at home and around the world.





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