Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11;Psalm 27:1,4,13-14; Luke 4:31-37
“All of you are children of the light and children of the day.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
Isn’t that amazing? You were once in darkness, but now you have been brought into the light of Christ. And because of this, you are uniquely qualified to declare his praises to the world (1 Peter 2:9). You have every reason to be a minister of Jesus’ love and mercy. In a world that has grown jaded, positive and encouraging people are exceptional—and deeply needed!
So go ahead and encourage one another. Build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Talk about what God is doing in your life. Comment on the good things you see him doing in someone else’s life. Be positive, supportive, and appreciative. Look for ways to strengthen someone who seems weary, to embolden someone who is timid or fearful, or to empower someone who seems weak. If you don’t think you see anything worth talking about, ask the Holy Spirit to show you where he is at work, and keep your eyes open.
Even when you think that what you see is a fault, ask God to help you see what he sees. Ask him to help you to love as he loves. God is always at work in every person’s life. You just have to get used to looking for it so that you can offer words of encouragement. Make it a point to acknowledge what you see God doing. Compliment and affirm his goodness as you see it in the people around you. Find ways to share your knowledge of God with them so that they can see God’s hand in their lives as well.
And while you’re at it, don’t restrict yourself only to “godly” topics. Complimenting someone on a natural level—their looks, talents, kindness, hopes, and dreams—can be just as heartening and stimulating. It may also open the door for further and deeper conversations. Over time, you will find more and more opportunities to talk about God’s life and goodness, and you will find people more accepting.
God has made you a child of the light. Will you let that light shine?
“Holy Spirit, give me words of affirmation today that I can use to encourage my loved ones. Show me how I can bring your light into this world of shadows.” ~wau