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A Beautiful Reflection

A Beautiful Reflection
Better, Not Bitter

As in water face reflects face, So a man's heart reveals the man. Proverbs 27:19 (NKJV)

I was blessed to speak to a large group this last weekend out our men's Spring breakfast.   The Lord had impressed upon my heart about how we were called to be a light unto the world, and how the light shinning through us would lead others out of darkness.  The message went beautifully and the Lord met us faithfully as we gathered to be fed, both physically, and spiritually.  

As I was speaking with some men after the breakfast an older man confronted one of our men's leaders and asked if we could move our vehicles parked on the side of the facility.  He said his people needed to unload some things for a meeting.  The man's countenance was sullen and he seemed to almost be bitter.   As it turned out the man was a pastor and they were preparing for a church service.  

As I thought about this I couldn't help but lift the man up in prayer.  I had thought about how he must have been dealing with something.  As I sat in my vehicle preparing to leave I noticed others coming to join this man for their service.  As I looked upon their faces and countenances I couldn't help but notice the similarities to their Pastor.  

I thought about how a body of water reflects its surroundings perfectly.  I think this principle can apply to our lives as well.  When we are sullen and down then those around us will probably reflect our attitude.  If we are positive and filled with Joy, then those around us will probably begin to reflect this attitude as well.  

Now we cannot reflect something we are not, so it is important for us to guard our hearts against being bitter.  This happens as we reflect on what God has done and is doing in our lives, and as we keep our minds fixed upon the promises of His Word.   As we do this our hearts will be made better, not bitter.  

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's ponder what God's word says and then ask ourselves, "What does this mean to me today?  How can I apply this to my life Lord?"

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 27:19 what can we learn about our heart?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What kind of reflection can you see in the lives of those around you?

APPLICATION: Let's determine to guard our heart against anything poisonous.  Let's choose to read God's Word and allow it to cleanse our mind (filter) before these impurities make their way to our heart.  

Let's Pray…

Father, thank You for reminding us how we impact others.  Thank You for Your Word Lord.  Help us to understand it as we read it, and then help us to bring application to our lives.  In Jesus precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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