Shine Your Light

Usually we see the word “encouragement” as being positive in our approach to others. We are expressing praise and gratitude for their efforts. This is good and needful. However, we also need to be corrected when we stray from the “straight and narrow” path of righteousness.
When Paul wrote to remind Timothy of his pastoral duties, he urged him to “correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2). Balanced teaching will include rebuke as well as encouragement. If all we eat is dessert, our health will eventually suffer for it.
One of our greatest challenges as Christians is to be consistent in holy living. Do we behave one way with our church friends on Sunday morning and another way with our friends at work Monday morning? You say, “We need to be inclusive.” Do we? The Word of God says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
 
–Adapted from Joyce Meyer