April 27th

Shine Busters

Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV 

The words we speak can really get us into trouble.  We can use our words to literally sow good things or evil things spiritually.  The above passage reveals that complaining and disputing are basically “shine busters.”  If we’re complaining and disputing, the love of God cannot flow through us to other people, and they won’t enjoy being around us.  This doesn’t mean that we have to agree with what people are saying or acquiesce to evil.  It does mean that we should strive to let God be the Judge and not to try to take his place.  Our best role is to be God’s instrument of love and compassion to people.  Speaking words of hope, love, encouragement and faith will help people in so many ways. Love can open doors and disarm defensive postures better than any disputing could ever accomplish.    

Questions for further thought:

Prayer:

“Heavenly Father, Thank you for giving me the ability to speak. Please forgive me for the sinful ways I have used my words in the past.  Father, please help me to always speak positive words that will help share your love and hope with people.  Please help me to shine as a light in the world and bring glory to your name.  Thank you, Father!  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”