Say Less; Show More
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. (JOHN 15:4)
The more we develop our relationship with God, the more excited and enthusiastic we become and that is good. However, we must show people something more than excitement; they need to see evidence of real change and good fruit.
Paul said that our lives should be letters that people can read (see 2 Corinthians 3:3). In other words, our behavior speaks louder than words or emotions. I have found over the years that enthusiasm and zeal must be mixed with patience, goodness, kindness, good manners, and a willingness to help people. Our actions really do speak louder than our words. Of course, we should tell people about Jesus because words spoken at the right time can be very helpful, but true Christians are known by their fruit.
The more time you spend with God, the more fruit you will have resulting from that relationship. It is good fruit that glorifies God and it is good fruit that speaks most loudly to people. I know people that I tried to convince with words that I had changed and they were never convinced, but in later years they needed help and when I helped them, they realized God had definitely worked in my life. It is very difficult to argue with good fruit, because it is the proof that we are what we say we are. I encourage you to be careful how you treat people at all times.
Godís word for you today: Before this day is over you will more than likely encounter many people. Leave them smiling!