Tonight's prompt is Reflect.
I am actually using my timer tonight. *Good girl*
At first, reflect stirred nostalgic candlelight and year-end memories by the fireplace.
Quickly, though, I realized how self-focused that post would have been.
My vein tonight is reflect as in a reflection.
My challenge? That when others are human to me, that I would be a mirror, but that instead of seeing themselves, they would see Jesus looking back at them.
How do we accomplish this? With love. "Rid yourselves of all malice" literally means to bless.
If a hating, spewing person does not get a hateful, spewing reaction, but instead one of love, they will be confused.
"I tell you bless those that curse you.
You will heap flaming coals upon their head."
Romans 12:14 "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse."
Romans 12:20 "On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."
Matthew 5:40-48 in the Voice Translation states:
If we will choose to reflect instead of react, we will be Jesus to a dark world. And, on that silent, holy night, when the world was just as dark and gloomy as it was before He came, and still is, HE was brilliant and glorious, and He Was and Is and Is to Come!
When we allow our lives to reflect Jesus to others, we are removed from the depth of the sting that their "light and momentary" wounds cause us.
We can alternately choose to reflect on what they have done to us, moving the focus inward, and I think you and I both know, that there's a lot less of Jesus in that choice.
Blessings to you and a Merry Christmas!!
(and I again ask for your linkup number or url in your comment, please, pretty please, so I can read your post and comment back!!)