Reflecting God’s love is easy with Christ in our hearts. I’ve joined up with the Do Not Depart blog in learning Romans 8. This week’s we are focusing on Romans 8:9-10,
“9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” King James Version.
If Christ is not in our hearts we are not one of God’s children. HOWEVER, if Christ is in us, we are one of God’s children and we have life. No matter what our body does, how it might fail us, our spirit lives.
To me those verses say with Christ in our hearts, God and everyone recognize us as His children. Just as our children reflect us in their actions, words, and thoughts, we reflect God in ours.
Frank, a friend, and Toastmaster once gave a speech in which he talked about actions speaking louder than words. As part of his speech he told of two friends who introduced him to Christ through their actions. They never preached, and until he asked, never said anything about being children of God. Their actions and words manifested God’s love to him.
If we have the Spirit of Christ in our heart, we manifest God’s love to others, our friends, our enemies, those who try our patience, those we don’t know. God shows love to everyone and we reflect that love in our actions. By our actions we manifest God’s love, we give evidence He loves and cares for us.
Sure, there are times when the mirror reflecting God’s love gets a little dirty and the smudges make it hard for others to see God and His love in us. No problem, review some of your favorite verses (see why learning them is so handy), ask God to help you clean the mirror and continue letting His love come through.
Remember, we are all a part of God’s handiwork, and God makes quality.
What does Romans 8:9-10 say to you? Are you also learning Bible verses? What are some of the tools you use?