When I saw this great sign outside of a coffee shop, it brought to mind the scripture above. How can we, as Christians, bring the light of Jesus to others if our words are short, impatient, loud, arrogant, and judgmental? Fact is, this is not pleasing to the Lord, and it causes the lost, the hurting and those that are dying a spiritual death, to lose hope.
Phillipians 3:2 says that we should do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit and that we should value others above yourself.
This is a very hard thing when you are dealing with a stressed out, rude waitress, customer service person or even a co-worker. Sometimes a kind thought or word can turn that individual right around! It may be just what they needed for that day.
As Christians, we must pray that God will help us to remember, that everywhere we go, we must present Jesus to them. We have to meditate daily on what is pleasing to God! This is the only way to turn our hearts around and make us effective.
Its easy to just say, “God help me to be kind.” But we must also meditate on God’s Word daily, and pray. We are weak and fragile, especially in these last days when everything in the world seems out of order. People are afraid and concerned and even our faith is weak at times.
We want grace, so give grace, we ask for mercy, grant mercy. We need love so we must give the love of Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillippians 4:8
If we do this, it will help us to give that attitude to others because as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Always be ready to serve the Lord in every situation. Because of God’s grace and mercy to us, we have a hope and a future. The lost do not. Share your faith today with kind words and a lovely attitude!