Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others…
I saw one of my grandsons do something amazing the other day. No, it was not pushing up to the piano and playing one of Bach’s symphonies, nor was it standing up and reciting the Gettysburg Address from memory, nor was it jumping up on a skateboard performing all kinds of flips and handstands. No, what my grandson did was shed the light of love to another person. We were out on a walk and as we walked by a person who was looking kind of down, my grandson went up to say hi (this person was someone we both knew, so no ‘stranger-danger’ here). My grandson seemed to notice they could use some attention, so he went up and struck up a conversation. The person smiled and after sharing a few compliments and exchanging a few smiles, we walked on.
I’m not sure if that little shining of the light of love had any impact on that person, but it impacted me. I was so proud of my grandson’s sensitivity to do what he could to show care and empathy to another. He was living out the wonderful encouragement Jesus gave in the Bible to love others…
Matthew 22:26-39 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He (Jesus) said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
John 13:34 A new commandment I (Jesus) give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
I was also a bit convicted by my grandson’s letting the light of love shine, for though I loved this time hanging out with him, I was more interested in getting home so I could get back to my list of things to do! I was not thinking of sharing the light of love because I was too wrapped up in my agendas and had not put sharing the light of love on that list. Yet, that is something God asks of us.
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
1 Peter 4:8-10 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
As we live out these ‘one-another’ challenges, we let the light of love, Jesus’ love, shine out. When we do, we bring God glory and people are blessed.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
I wonder what kind of impact we could make if more and more people would add letting the light of love shine to their everyday lives. Let’s give it a try!
Church can be great place to learn about God’s great love and how we might share that love with others. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net.
Seeking to let the light of love shine along with you,