Today's Bible Reading:

"Bigger" People Needed

This weekend, why not determine to deliberately act as the “bigger” person?

  • Every marriage that has grown stale is an opportunity for someone to step up.
  • Every friendship in silent distress is an opportunity for someone to speak out.
  • Every escalating conflict between neighbors is an opportunity for someone to back down.
  • Every clash of opinions between brethren is an opportunity for someone to sacrifice.
  • Every foolish action in the presence of a child is an opportunity for someone to teach.
  • Every bitter war of words is an opportunity for someone to shut up.
  • Every bridge that has been burned is an opportunity for someone to start building again.
  • Every trespass against a fellow human being is an opportunity for someone to say “I’m sorry.”
  • Every offer of forgiveness is an opportunity for someone to be reminded of their own unworthiness.

Every day there are relational opportunities to let our lights shine before others so that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).   What do we call the man or woman who takes advantage of such opportunities?   The “bigger” person.   Jesus calls them,

  • the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3)
  • those who mourn (Matthew 5:4)
  • the meek (Matthew 5:5)
  • those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6)
  • the merciful (Matthew 5:7)
  • the pure in heart (Matthew 5:8)
  • the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)
  • the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)
  • the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16)
  • brothers and sisters (Hebrews 2:11)

This weekend, why not determine to step out in faith as the “bigger” person?   Why not look at hardships and difficulties and obstacles as opportunities?   Why not follow in the footsteps of King Jesus?

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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