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02/27/2015

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God Gets The Honor


"In the same way, let your lights shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matt.5:16).

When we were kids and our parents sent us out of the house, they had an expectation of how we would act. Of course, part of it was that we would behave ourselves and be safe, but there was something else. When we acted well, it brought honor to the whole family. My mom was proud that I became a school teacher, and bragged about it to here friends and felt honored. It is a pretty amazing thing to think about, but it is true that our daily actions as Christians have an effect on God's purposes and His work in the world... Whether it is the things we do, our decisions, or even the things we think about, we either bring honor to God or dishonor. In exercising the free will that God has given to us, these great consequences hang in the balance. "Don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?" (Jas.4:4) Our intent in life should be to do the things that impact our relationship with God in a positive way. The very height of our ambition ought to be all about bringing honor to God in both the big and small things that we do... We are the containers that He has chosen to work within and we should desire to be the ones worthy of His use. When we exhibit the "fruit of the spirit," (love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) (Gal.5:22) we show God's goodness to all those around us. As we do the right things, God gets the honor... By the way, mom had it right...

Have a great day... T G I F... Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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