Recently I was thinking about how each season we walk through often teaches us a lesson and often helps us to grow in a new area. Which then got me thinking about how we learn how to interact with others by watching and seeing how they interact with not only us, but those around us. I love what Philemon 1:6 - 7 says, "And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God's people."
I love that this verse reminds us that it is so important to show love and kindness to everyone we interact with. There is a saying people don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care. It is so important to remember to show love and kindness to people, if we are truly trying to be the hands and feet of Jesus then we need to be able to be an example of Christ like love and generosity to everyone we come in contact with.
For many we may be the only picture of Jesus they ever see, which is why it is so important to show them love and kindness the first time we meet them. The Bible also tells us that we are the salt and light of the earth, "You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house" (Matthew 5:"13-15).
I love that it mentions that no one hides a light under a basket, instead the light is put in a place where it will fill up the whole house. If the house is full of light then it only makes sense that the light is then going to spill out of the house and into the streets and to anyone who comes in contact with that light. If that light continues to shine then people who have lived for to long in the dark can finally begin to see.
As always remember you have a God-given uniqueness!
Shalom ~ Alianna