Be a shiner

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.”  Philippians 2:14-16.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 12, 2 Chronicles 10-11, and Philippians 2.

How does a person have a Godly shine?

I must have a right relationship with God.

I do not think that we intentionally set out to give a Godly impression.  I think that in living a life filled with God we will naturally radiate Him.

I am not avoiding the first part of the verse……..although it would make things easier!  No grumbling and/or arguing?  Who can live like that?

If my life is filled with God I will become uncomfortable doing either of them.  I will even become uncomfortable when I hear other people doing it.

My problem is that I have a good ear for the arguing and grumbling of others.  Not so much my own!

My “logic” is that my arguing and complaining is legitimate.  What a fool.

I must be walking close to God at all times.  I will be able to handle adversity in that arrangement.  Too often I handle things apart from God.  Not shining much of a light under those conditions.  Too often, way too often.

“Lord, take me over now.  Clean me up.  Forgive me of godlessness.  I want You directing me.  I want to rightly represent You in my midst.  Prick my conscience when I am off course.  I love You, Father.”

Arguing and grumbling are ungodly.


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