Reflections of Grace

What do your actions say about you as a Christian?

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) says: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

In my busy life, sometimes I’m hurrying to meet a deadline and instead of a smile, my face probably registers an impatient frown. When I hear something I question or don’t agree with, instead of keeping a passive face, my expression might be one of “eye-rolling”, a tightening of the lips, or a smirk.

These are not Christian traits! These are the things I struggle with and pray each day to overcome. I want to be a blessing to others, to show others the joy and happiness that comes with having the Holy Spirit fill my heart and soul.

The media is filled with so-called Christians hurting others in some of the most horrid and wicked ways imaginable. Those who have not yet been saved, point fingers and say: “See what Christians do! They are hypocrites!”

Stereotyping.

Something we should beware! No one wants to be labeled. Judging others is not what we are called to do. God will handle the judging and he will impart the punishment. All of us will one day stand before our Maker and confess our actions while we walked on earth. The masses will be separated, one half going into the eternal fire and the other into a new heaven and earth…our eternal life, our inheritance.

What do you reflect to others by your actions, words, and expressions?


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