If you were to build a house in an earthquake or hurricane area, and you were advised to reinforce your house and build it on bedrock, would it be wise to ignore that advice? Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Much of what Jesus instructs us to do is very difficult for our fleshly minds to even comprehend. Why do you think it is wise to obey Jesus’s instructions in His sermon? I have some ideas, but if you would like to share our ideas, please leave a comment. You can find many explanations of the Beatitudes, so I will not address them. Jesus begins with the instruction to be the salt and light for the world. We are salt and light by showing our faith through our good works and giving glory to our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:13-20). The reason we are salt and light in the world is so that our Father in heaven will be glorified. The Bible says in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
You can find many sermons about being the salt and light of the world, so most of us know what that means. My question is why aren’t we the salt and light of the world or how can we do better? So many Christians go about their public lives incognito, and they try to look and act like the world. When I go to the grocery store or to a sporting event, do people see my light and does my behavior leave a good flavor in their minds? Remember that our light dispels darkness and reveals sin. The saltiness makes our lives and messages pleasant and draws people to want more of what we have to offer, which is hope and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a few suggestions for how we can wisely let our light shine and be the salt of the world without turning people away. Colossians 4:6 states, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
1) Be patient with people who are impatient or acting sinful. Give others preference and don’t insist on things being your way (Phil 2:3-4).
2) Show humility to others by not arrogantly boasting, but being gracious and helpful (James 3:13).
3) Show kindness or say kind words to those acting like a jerk and not quarrel with them (2Tim. 2:24-26).
4) Ask people how they are doing? Give a word of encouragement and a message of hope to someone who is anxious or worried (2Cor. 1:4).
5) Be gentle with everyone, even those who annoy you (Phil 4:5).
6) Don’t be afraid to ask someone how you can pray for them (Col. 1:9).
7) Be thankful instead of complaining (Col. 3:15).
8) Be quick to forgive and offer grace instead of judgment.
These are not all the salt and light actions you can do or be, and some may be difficult for you because of the hurt in your heart. As you know, what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart. Matthew 12:34b–37 states, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil [sinful, self-centered] person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Are your speech and actions hurtful or helpful? Are your thoughts focused on good things or things you dislike? Do painful memories of abuse, injustice, betrayal, rejection, etc. fill your heart with painful feelings? If you are honest, your answer will reveal the condition of your heart. To learn more about the power of thoughts visit, POSTS on Thoughts page. Painful memories keep you stuck in hurtful patterns of behavior. The Hope for Complete Healing booklet on my website helps you find painful memories and unhealthy beliefs so God can heal your heart and be salt and light in the world. If you do not heal these painful memories, then they will control your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behavior and you can’t be salt and light.
Does what you say and do bring glory to God?
God Bless you.
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