What then is your life, but a reflection of your relationship with God?
In the end, there are only two kinds of people. Those who are saved by the blood of Jesus and those who are not.
There are none saved because of anything or anyone else.
But think of that word reflection.
Think of your words, do they show that Christ is in you?
Colossians 4 "Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person."
Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
It's the Word of God within you that shines.
There are many many verses that speak of the tongue. It too is a two-edged sword. With it comes both blessings and cursings.
What kind of fountain brings forth bitter and sweet water? Do we show Christ Jesus in the way we talk? In the way we act? Do people see us as no different than them or do they see something more?
I have not always kept a civil tongue myself. This is is as much to me as anyone else. There are no secrets before God. There's only truth.
There's no slip of the tongue where the Holy Spirit has control. There is no sinful anger issues where the Holy Spirit takes up residence. Are you a reflection of your relationship with God or are you reflecting you?
Darkness has no reflection.
Words are the most vivid and powerful display of what's going on in the heart.
This world vies for our attention. Spiritual warfare is everywhere it's not just where others are.
It's unconventional. It uses passions and subtleties against the very people it's using to its own ends.
James 3:6 "And the tongue is a fire, the veryworld of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell."
An old saying always comes to me after I have said something that perhaps I shouldn't have. "Think before you speak."
Do people see your life and glorify God?
Or do they see your life and don't see any reason to?
Just some things to consider. In recent days I confess my tongue has gotten the better of me. It's lead me to getting frustrated. It's lead me to say things that I had to ask forgiveness for. It lead me to say "It's very difficult to write the story of your life if you keep trying to use the pen."
Our lived are not our own.
Ephesians 2 says we are His workmanship. Jesus says in the Gospels to take up our cross and follow Him.
Doesn't say to go do your own thing.
The days of the greatest peace in my life are when I am where God wants me to be.
The greatest joy there is is when I can rejoice with others at what God's done or is doing with them.
So consider who you reflect. Consider your words. Do people see you or do they see Jesus?