Song Of Solomon 6:10 A Shining Light

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Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession? Song of Solomon 6:10 

Some people stand out as different, often better than others in some way. When they stand out in some way it is usually because they are better in some field than most people.

Actors are often listed as stars when their acting abilities stand out above everyone else. They are given lead roles because of their great abilities. They are shining in a way that most people do not shine.

The friends in Solomon’s story are wondering who it is that is shining so brightly. This person is appearing as bright as the sun.

When Jesus came into this world, He was called the light of the world. He would shine for a light that was brighter than anything that has ever shown before. His light would shine the truth.

In this sinfully dark world, His light would shine very bright. It would expose sin and reveal God’s great love. Any one who saw it would know that it was different.

Those who are blind are in complete darkness and light has no meaning. They cannot see the sun and its magnificent light because of their blindness. Those who cannot see the truth of Jesus as those who are spiritually blind. They will be blinded by the brightness of His light and refuse to see what is before them.

Anyone who sees the light of Jesus are changed into a new person. They, then, become a shining light also in this dark world. They are shining the light of Jesus and His truth in this dark world.

Believers in Jesus are to be a shining light as to who Jesus is and what He has done.

You, as a believer in Jesus, have seen His light at some point in your life. You are aware of His truth, truth of his love, His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness and His gift of eternal life.

Knowing these things, be a light in this world. Point everyone to Jesus the true shining light in this dark world. Let them know about the life He is giving away freely.

As you shine His light in and through your life, people will ask about that light. They will want to know who it is that is so bright and why He is so bright.

Is His light shining in your life today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the light Jesus shines in your life; that you will shine forth His light to others; and that people will see the light of Jesus in you. 

 

Song Of Solomon 5:9 How Is He Better?

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How is your beloved better than others, most beautiful of women? How is your beloved better than others, that you so charge us? Song Of Solomon 5:9 

People have their favorites in nearly everything there is. Each person has a reason for why what they have or think is the best or better than something or someone else.

Every year there are many different competitions and award shows to determine who or what is the best in nearly every category possible, from sports to music, to speaking, to acting and more. After the choices are made, many will argue as to why theirs was the best and should have been chosen and the one chosen should not have been chosen.

In Solomon’s story of love, the friends of the lady are asking why her beloved is so much better than theirs. She was looking for him and asking for their help and they wanted to know why.

One area that is commonly discussed is why is Christianity better than other religions or why is Jesus better than other great men in history. People want to know why someone is willing to follow and even give his life to follow Jesus.

Every believer needs to be ready and willing to give an answer to why they follow Jesus. They need to be able to answer why following Jesus is the only way to get to God.

Answering this may offend some people, and it will, but it will also open the eyes of others to His great love. When they see the love of God really being showed, they will want to be a part of it. It is His love and kindness that draws people to Him.

Jesus is the best way to God, because He is the only way to God.

As a believer, Jesus has called you to be His witness, to let people know about Him and what He has done. This is the way you can tell people how Jesus is better than what they are following.

Jesus is alive and real and will be for all eternity. All the things and gods that people follow will fail and fade away. You need to let them know the truth–Jesus, and let the truth–Jesus set them free from the bondage they are in.

Do not give into second best, but only go for the best and point people to what is the best–Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will know that Jesus is the only way to God; and that you will not fear telling others about Jesus. 

Proverbs 26:28 Hate And Destruction In Speaking

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A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 26:28 

Words can do a lot. They can be used to build up or they can be used to destroy. The two major common ways that speaking can hurt and destroy people is with telling lies and flattering. Both of these go hand in hand and relatively the same.

There are many people who think that a “little white” lie is not really hurting anyone and does no real harm. Yet a lie is a lie. It is deceiving someone else into thinking something that is not true. It breaks the trust of those that hear it. Thus to speak a lie to someone is to hate them.

Flattering is telling lies to make a person feel better about himself. It often causes a person to think that they are better than what they really are. When this occurs, there is often a downfall later. The person goes about thinking greater of himself until someone else brings out the truth and crushes him.

In Proverbs it points out that a lying tongue hates others and flattering a person brings about destruction and ruin.

God is a God of love and His people are to be the same. Telling lies about or to someone or flattering someone is not showing that love. It is showing hatred.

These types of actions can often be found in the church among believers. Many believers will tell lies that they do not struggle with some type of sin, trying to look better. Others will also flatter someone to put them on a pedestal making them appear much greater than they are, rather than speaking full truth.

Jesus only spoke truth and then it was always done in love. Every believer is to speak in the same way. Jesus built people up with truth, not flattering lies.

Every day you will have opportunities to speak to others. You will have a choice as to whether to speak the truth or tell a lie. You will have the opportunity to build a person up in love or with flattering lies.

Allow God to guide your words to build them up in the true love of Jesus. There will be times of correction and there will be times of admonishment. However all of it is to be done in His love.

Are your words showing love or hate? Are your words building up or destroying others?

I pray today that God will give you the words to speak; that you will only speak as Jesus spoke; that God will fill you with His love for others; and that you will build others up in Jesus and not tear them down.