George Muller George Muller (1806 - 1898)
The Bible
“But in what way shall we attain to this settled happiness of soul? How shall we learn to enjoy God? How obtain such an all-sufficient soul-satisfying portion in him as shall enable us to let go the things of this world as vain and worthless in comparison? I answer, This happiness is to be obtained through the study of the Holy Scriptures. God has therein revealed Himself unto us in the face of Jesus Christ.”
 
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Clothed in Kindness Clothe yourselves with … kindness. (Colossians 3:12) A doctor once stepped into a taxicab and discovered an unusually friendly driver. He’d been in cabs before and knew how unusual this was, so he asked the man why he was so cheerful. “It all started,” he said, “when I heard about a taxi driver who was so kind to a passenger that the man remembered him in his will, leaving him $65,000. I thought I would try it, and maybe somebody might leave me something. But after I tried it, I found it was so much fun being good that I decided I would do it for the fun of it, reward or no reward.” Wrong motive—but nice idea. The world would certainly be a more cheerful place if we all had such good dispositions. Imagine walking down the street and seeing nothing but smiling faces. Every door you come to would be held open for you, and strangers would nod and wave as you passed. Flowers would always be in full bloom, and the spring would never leave your step.  Nice dream, but that’s far from reality. The truth is, the world can be a mean place, and people can be a pain to live with. Life is not a bed of roses, and most people are too happy to let you know that. That’s what we tell ourselves when we want to appease our guilt on those dark and dreary days. I’m not the only one who’s had a bad day, we think. People are just going to have to understand.  Maybe they do, but how does Jesus feel about it? “You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus tells us. “But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? … You are the light of the world …. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all … so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:13-16).  Kindness should flow out of the life of a Christian. That’s what Jesus was trying to tell us. The world has an excuse to be angry, but we don’t. Redeemed people should act like they’re happy to be redeemed. Paul tells us, “Always try to do good to each other and to everyone else” (1 Thessalonians 5:15).  This is what separates believers from those who haven’t discovered the goodness of Christ. We have a reason to rejoice. We have a standard to uphold. We have a Savior to pattern our life after. “Clothe yourselves with … kindness …. Let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:12, 17).

Today’s Reading  Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 3:12 Reflection  Write down some characteristics of “salt” and “light” that believers should have. What are some concrete ways you can show these qualities?
 
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