The Impact of Your Influence

We little realize how much influence we have on others. It can be positive, negative or both. People observe us much more than we think. Our concern, our compassion, our character, our attitudes, our values all come across to others. This happens often, even with casual contacts. If we are born again, God can use us to influence unsaved people and other Christians. Sometimes we influence unsaved people for God even when their responses seem negative. There is very often a typical way that those outside of Christ respond to life’s trials. Among these responses are irritation, anger, discouragement, depression, etc. When a child of God is observed responding calmly in trust and at peace, there is seen an alternative to the usual response of coming “unglued.” If we have an unqualified trust in God and His Word, we can live above life’s disturbing circumstances. When Jesus reveals Himself through us, it may convict, challenge, contrast with, and/or  change those watching. Paul, in Philippians 2:14-16, was inspired to admonish Christians to, “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the Word of life.”  In the Gospel song, “You Can Have a Song in Your Heart,” Ira F. Stanphill and Edward L. Slavens share, in the chorus, ways for our influence to be effective. “You can have a song in your heart in the night, after every trial, after every mile; anyone can sing when the sun’s shining bright, but you need a song in your heart at night.” Selah! Supernatural responses that God enables us to make can impact people now and even after we are gone. Filled with God, we are audio/visuals of His power in human lives!    Ron

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