Bursting Inside Us We Cannot Contain Your Love

8:27 PM

Matthew 5: 14-16 says:
 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

God says in the book of Matthew that when we are believers in Him we become the "salt and light" of the Earth. He makes us new. The life and love He gives us shines brightly to the rest of the world. Just as a flashlight brightens a dark room, our faith and love for God should shine so bright in our spirits that the world can't help but notice.

Have you ever seen two people in love? Two people so infatuated with each other its almost obnoxious? Most of them time they don't even have to say outright they're in love, you can just see it. Its written all over their faces, from the way the look at each other, to how they talk to each other, to the fact that they rarely leave each other's side... Its obvious. They're in love and they don't care who knows it. (Kinda reminds me of Elf...)

People who are newly in love are happy. Their happiness is contagious. We see them and want what they have. A kind of love that can weather any storm. A "No matter what happens, at the end of the day it will all be OK as long as we have each other" kind of love. Its this type of love and positive outlook that can spread like wildfire.

As Christians we know that God loves us. He loves us with an "I've always got your back" kind of love (Hebrews 13:5); an "I'm going to root for you because you're the underdog" kind of love (Deuteronomy 7:6-8); a love so big "I'm going to send my only son to die for you so that you can have eternal life" kind of love (John 3:16-17). When we dwell in His presence and in His word—reminding ourselves how much He cares for us—it should bring us joy. Our days should shine a little brighter knowing that we have a God who is always nearby (Psalm 34:18). Our peace and happiness should be visible to the rest of the world.

Because we are peaceful, happy, and full of God's love and grace, our words and actions should reflect what's in our hearts (Colossians 3:17). Not just loved ones, but strangers should be able to notice a difference in us. Maybe they'll see it in the checkout line when we patiently scan the groceries for a frustrated customer. Or in a carpool traffic jam when, instead blaring our horn and yelling at other cars, we sit back and laugh—because there's nothing we can do about it anyway. Whether we realize it or not, people notice what we say and do. May our words and actions reflect our love for God, and not our own selfish reactions.

People who've been "to hell and back" will tell you "don't sweat the small stuff". Instead, find happiness in your daily "God winks*" (ie: No traffic when you're late, the kids taking an extra long nap when you're exhausted, finding your dream purse at 75% off... and so on). If you look for it, you will always find something that went wrong in your day. Luckily, the opposite of that is also true. Instead of focusing on what went wrong, why not focus on what went right?

When people see you, let them see you happy. When they ask you why or how, tell them, "I've got a God who loves me, and no matter what happens, I'll be OK."

Let your light shine, like a blazing wildfire.

"Your love is like radiant diamonds
Bursting inside us we cannot contain
Your love will surely come find us
Like blazing wild fires singing Your name

God of mercy sweet love of mine
I have surrendered to Your design
May this offering stretch across the skies
And these Halleluiahs be multiplied"

—'Multiplied' by Needtobreathe

* A term I once heard used to describe little 'coincidences' to one's benefit.

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