“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
Through our lives, God teaches us to follow His word and abide with Him. However, He also asks us to be a light to others, which means sharing our faith with others around us. It is important to understand that this applies not just with Christian people to whom we are close, but also with people who don't believe. Such sharing can be empowering to us as well.
In the same way, Jesus’ message to treat one another with kindness and equality applies to everyone, regardless of background or past actions. I don't know if we all deserve it, but we all need it. When being a light to others, we are acting as disciples of Christ and giving people a sense of hope. We are giving them a chance to commit fully to God.
Approaching People by Lending a Gentle Hand
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34–35 (NIV)
Although it is important that we share the gospel with others, it will not always be easy. There will be some people who are open to listen, and there will be some who are resistant to the idea. We are disciples of Christ, and he reminds us to treat one another with kindness and not to boast.
If we are sharing God’s Word, we need to approach others with an open mind and embody the fruits of the Spirit to demonstrate His works. Being a light to others also means responding with kindness and understanding if you come across a person who is not interested in hearing your words of encouragement. God did not teach us to force His Word upon others but to teach it gracefully and with compassion.
It can be difficult to face someone who is not willing to understand or commit to God’s teachings. As Christians, we want to do whatever we can to help people come to Christ so that they can be saved. However, as humans, we can be selfish and see resistance as a sign of being stubborn and not worthy of God’s time. When we are being a light to others, it means we are approaching them with the gentleness and understanding that God has shown to us.
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