Thanks For the Smile! ~ August 17

Thanks For the Smile!

It looks good on you!

See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15

As I learn more about God, and by doing so allow His love to permeate my heart, I find I approach people with a genuine smile. I often speak to strangers with a sincere “how ya doin’?”, and my day is brightened when the greeting and, even more so, the smile is returned. This also works with those we deal with every day—spouses, family, friends, co-workers. When we operate in genuine love toward those around us, we create an atmosphere that’s pleasant and make those around us feel comfortable in our presence.

We do just the opposite when we do not accept God’s grace and love. Without God in our hearts, we are often angry and bitter, and it shows in our countenance and our actions. Those around us are ill at ease and sometimes even frightened by us. Not surprisingly, our bad attitude can rub off on them, and soon everyone one around us is in a bad mood. We have, by not operating in God’s love, caused trouble and defiled those around us.

Don’t miss the grace of God. Let the sweet root of His love blossom into a fragrant flower that will bless many.

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