THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
WHEN YOU SHOW LOVE, YOU ARE SHOWING GOD TO THE WORLD
Oftentimes we try to “win” people over by telling them all about what we know or explain how THEY should act. We may have good INTENTIONS and really WANT to help people, but in reality, it’s OUR life of excellence and integrity that speaks to the hearts of OTHERS. In this particular Scripture, Peter is writing to women who received salvation after they were married and whose husbands were not yet believers, but the principle applies to EVERY believer. The first thing people should notice about us is our LOVE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GENTLENESS, STRENGTH and JOY. People are going to know that we’re believers when we’re HELPING other people, meeting needs, and BLESSING people with our words and ACTIONS. We were created to make a difference in the lives of others through our LOVE for them. True love is seen in our ACTIONS—giving our time, our money, an encouraging word. When you show LOVE, you are showing GOD to the world.
So let your light SHINE, be fun to BE with, be good-natured, be KIND. You are the salt of the earth. Make people THIRSTY for what you have. Behind the scenes, pray for their salvation and be ready to share the message of the gospel when the time is right. Remember, actions speak LOUDER than words. Be an EXAMPLE of God’s love so you can effectively win OTHERS to Him!
…your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over.
1 Peter 3:1, NLT