Shining Before Men

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16 NKJV

I could get a little too caught up in shining before men so they see my good works.

Thank You, Lord, for the good works you give in which You are glorified, not me.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Any light in me
is from You

so oh indeed
let it truly shine

in such a way that
You’re seen, not me

and Your Name
is glorified.

God bless you as your good works glorify Him today!

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To Be Ready

“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”   Titus 3:1-2

I am listening to this as the November elections draw near.

Lord, as we embrace this scripture for ourselves, we also pray it for those who will be leaders in our country.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

What Good?

What good will come
if we aren’t ready

source – zimbio.com

to do good
and obey

to be gentle
and know Peace

to hold back on
calling names?

Opposed

“Likewise exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one being an opponent  may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”  Titus 2:6-8

Christians will have opponents.

Lord, thank You for making a way for us to live so that nothing evil can be said of us.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Nothing Evil                                                              

Even though quiet
isolated and alone

lives lived for Jesus
will still be known

a contrast to
the darkness around

opposed but in them
no evil is found.

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Thoroughly Equipped

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, to correction, for instruction in righteousness,

that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

The image of a Swiss Army knife comes to mind. 🙂

Lord, thank You for Your Word that equips us for anything  and everything.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Ready

source – swissarmyknife.co.uk

All scripture is for us
to teach and correct

guiding our thoughts
helping our progress

towards being completely
and thoroughly prepared

for doing His good
any time, any where.

Clearly Evident

“Some men’s sins are clearly evident, proceeding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later.”

“Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.”  1 Timothy 5:24-25

I am encouraged that while sins may be hidden at times, good just can’t be.

Lord, may those who are hurting and lost clearly see the evidence of Your goodness today.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Unhidden

source – neurodojo.blogspot.com

You are a good God
Who does wondrous things
and all that You do through us
testifies and sings

clearly evidence
unable to be stopped
that You are Who You are
Your goodness rising to the top.

Apparel

“. . . in like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel . . .with good works.”  1 Timothy 2:9-10

God makes a way for us to have a beautiful wardrobe.

Thank You, Lord, for always knowing what is best for us. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Adorned

floral adorned doorway
source – fineartamerica.com

Seen by God
as fashionably
adorned with what
looks best on me
a smile, good works
and hand me downs
for free.

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