Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Epiphany People

The day of light is now done.
The season of light stretches before us though.
Waiting to be filled with light by Epiphany people.
A season that anticipates the acts and words and choices that will usher in evidence of Jesus.

Epiphany people bring light
because Jesus is their life.

And here are some defining characteristics of people of light. 
Epiphany people are people who:

fight injustice, 
care for the defenseless, 
give voice to the voiceless,
are unselfish, 
are humble - they do not boast or brag, 
are peaceful - they do not stir up trouble, 
think the best of others - they do not constantly question motives, 
do not return evil with evil, 
are patient, 
are kind, 
are not jealous - they are content with what they have and what they’ve been given, 
are not ledger people - they don’t keep a record of wrongs, 
are trustworthy, 
are hopeful, 
are perseverant, 
are gentle, 
are faithful, 
are self-controlled - they are not irritable or volatile, 
speak truth lovingly, 
do not gossip but instead speak what will build up others,
are lavish in their love, 
are exceeding in their joy, 
are generous in their forgiveness,
are abundant in their mercy,
are extravagant in their grace.
(The majority of this list is drawn from 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5:22-23, Colossians 3:12-13.)
We do not do these things or become these things on our own. The Light that came into the world calls us into marvelous light and equips us to live there through the Holy Spirit.
If you love Jesus and want to follow Him, take courage and bring light into the darkness everywhere you go. We are children of the day. We are Epiphany people!

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