Wednesday, August 31, 2011

9 ways in which we can make the Golden Rule visible in our lives - 2

We must behave in WORD and in DEED

I John 3:18 – My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. 

I heard it said recently that when you let your light shine, you give others the encouragement and opportunity to let their lights shine!   How we project ourselves represents Christ.  We may not always want to behave in the correct way, hold our tongues, do good works, but we should always desire to represent Christ, to project Christ to others.
James 1:26 –If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.

Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. 

How will our lives look if we are behaving in word and deed?  Are we performing good deeds towards others?  Perhaps random acts of kindness or just good manners?  What about our driving behavior?  Are we doing things that our family likes?  Are we picking up our husband’s socks and not fussing at him for it?

I was listening to a CD one day and the speaker was talking about having an at home business with children.  She talked about how she would be sugar sweet to the customer on the phone, but would snap at her children until one day her son asked her why she did that.  What a wakeup call!  Who we are, needs to be who we are in all areas of our life. 

My own family reminds me from time to time that I just don’t have to wait for company to make a pie – that they like my pie too! 

We are going to choose to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.  Not because it’s easy or more enjoyable, but because it’s right. 

When we behave in word and in deed, our speech will be in check – sometimes we speak and we shouldn’t, sometimes we don’t speak and we should!  Do good deeds, speak kindly – remember God is watching and so are others around us!

We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; we sow our actions, and we reap our habits; we sow our habits, and we reap our character; we sow our character, and we reap our destiny.
Remember to behave in our WORDS and our DEEDS.

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