Spreading God’s Sweetness
If you are wise and understand God's ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don't brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise! James 3:13(NLT)
When you taste a cookie, the first thing you notice is its sweetness. You expect a sugary-sweet taste. Even young children prefer a sweet taste, I know my kids did. They would (and still do) select the sweet over any other choice of taste. That’s all right, God hardwired us to enjoy sweetness.
We don’t only enjoy sweet cookies, but we prefer other sweet things, too. Fruits delight our taste buds; flowers fill our nostrils with a sappy fragrance; maple trees give us pleasure on our pancakes; and perfumes entice us to enjoy others’ company. The world is filled with sweetness.
Since our human nature is to enjoy sweetness, then why do we treat each other with bitterness? Why do we as Christians allow our emotions and attitude to reflect hatred and anger? God’s grace fills us with His sweetness and goodness. In turn, we should spread that sweetness to others. There’s an old wives tale that says, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar,” but we spend our days bitter and angry. Do we really believe we can minister to others with that sort of attitude? We can’t. Every day we must fill ourselves with God’s word so that we may show His goodness and grace to others.
Today, I challenge you to spread more honey than vinegar so that you will show God’s grace.
Lord, forgive me for my bitter attitude. Fill my soul with your goodness so that others will see Your sweetness in my life. I want others to see how wonderful Your blessings are. In Your Holy Name, Amen.
Rhonda Clark is a freelance writer and novelist. Her sought after articles have been featured in many e-zines. She has won commendations for her short, faith-based articles from Faithwriters.com. Her short stories have been featured on a story time radio show on station WHBK. She is a graduate of Texas A & M University-Texarkana.
She’s a wife and stay-at-home mother of two.
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