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What Do You Reflect?

When other people look at you, what do they see? Have you ever honestly looked into a mirror and asked what it is that you reflect as you encounter others on a daily basis? Starting today, seriously consider what image you project to your family, friends, co-workers, your customers, neighbors and fellow Christian sisters and brothers. We should be image-conscious because you may be the only Christ example that another person sees. We must carry ourselves as the Apostle Paul did. He suffered many hardships, but through it all, lived a godly life. Paul explains that as believers, Christ lives and abides in us, therefore when we meet others, they ought to see Jesus.
Paul was:
1. Persistent and there was no complaint of fatigue, no whimpering at the hardships, no disappointment expressed of having been crucified with Christ, or of wasted years, or lack of family, wealth, or fame, just adoration. He reveled in the joy of serving the Lord, and for the blessed hope of life to come (Philippians 3:14).
2. Patient - He was informed that he would be an instrument of mercy to “all men,” especially to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15; 22:15; 26:17).
3. Courageous - Was told, “Be not afraid” (Acts 18:9). How many of us today need to hear this? Courage is not the absence of fear; it is doing what is right even when you are afraid! Paul was stoned, dragged outside the city, and left for dead. But the apostle rose up and continued to contend for the faith.
4.  Humble - Paul would not insist on thrusting himself to the forefront. The greater cause of Jesus was more important on this occasion than his own ego. “For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles” (2 Corinthians 11:5).
5. Uncompromising - Galatians 2; False brethren tried to bind the Law of Moses as part of the Gospel and tried to force circumcision on Titus. Paul stood up and defended the Gospel.  In Antioch, Paul confronted Peter for refusing to share common meals with the Gentiles (Galatians 2:11). Paul would not have the truth compromised and the cause of Christ endangered by weak church members who gave in to social pressure. 
6. Yielding – In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Paul became “all things to all men” and made whatever concession he needed to make in order to reach souls as long as the concession would not violate God’s will. Paul purified himself to satisfy the Jews and facilitate the spread of the gospel (Acts 21:17-26).
7. Ethical – He practiced what he preached. “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:17).
8. Forgiving – “At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them” (2 Timothy 4:16).
Reflecting on Paul’s character, is that who people see when they look at us? Can you undoubtedly say that they see Jesus’ love, compassion, integrity, humility, patience and the God’s Spirit living and working in us? Or is your life light overshadowed by selfish ambition and worldly concerns?

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