How many times have you thought that a friend or family member reminds you of his/her father? It could be physical looks, gestures, mannerisms, or spirit. Sometimes it is a quality that comes naturally, and sometimes it is one that is learned, either consciously or unconsciously.
I have heard it said that “You know what a person truly thinks of you by the way his/her children treat you.” I have found this to be true in many cases throughout the years.
Wow…what a revelation for me! That really makes me think about how we, as Christians, are perceived by others, and if our lives are a true reflection of the love our Father in Heaven has for all his children. Do we treat each other with the tender love of God?
Although, being human, we can never be perfect, in what ways are we Christ like? How do we remind people of our Heavenly Father? Do we even realize the importance of our mission here on earth…to touch all those around us with Christ’s Love? Hearts and souls are at stake.
Some things to think about, because we are being watched in our day to day lives…not just when we are at Mass or Church Services:
Do we live in constant fear, worry, jealousy, and/or bitterness, or are we filled with the Peace of Christ?
Do we accept our daily struggles and offer them to God, or do we constantly complain?
Do our daily decisions regarding what we allow into our hearts…as in magazines, books, games, movies, tv shows and music, glorify God?
Do we conduct ourselves with humility and modesty, in thought, word, dress, and action?
When we see someone in need, do we look away, or try to help in some way?
Do we avoid certain people because of what they look like, or because they are different from us?
In confrontational situations, do we respond with anger, or do we take a step back to think before speaking?
Do we ask for forgiveness from those we have hurt, and forgive those who have hurt us?
Do we avoid contact with neighbors, family or friends, or do we take the time to listen, and truly open our hearts to them?
Are we always open to sharing our blessings with those in need?
Are we eagerly listening for the whispers of the Holy Spirit to lead us, or are we blocking the will of God in our lives because we like things the way they are?
Father, we ask that you fill us with your Holy Spirit. Please help us to love others as you love them. Work through us, Lord, because on our own, we are nothing. Shine your light of love and peace in our hearts so it overflows to all those in need. We ask these things in the name of your son, Jesus.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
- Walking in the Holy Spirit (sealedministries.wordpress.com)