When I looked in the mirror this morning, I thought I saw someone who resembled this crustacean friend!
Yes, I’m feeling a little crabby today. I definitely need a makeover. And guess what! God and the Apostle Paul give the prescription for the perfect makeover for me (and for you, if you need a new look) in 1 Thessalonians 5.
Come on! Let’s make some changes for the better.
1. Wear your faith and love as armor. Wear the confidence of your salvation as a helmet.
Not the most attractive outfit, but definitely the way God wants us to dress. He wants us to be ready to serve others and him. He wants us to be so sure of our faith that God’s Word fills our minds and protects our thinking. This is how to live as a beautiful follower of Jesus.
2. Be at peace among yourselves.
Peace can be the best make-up for our faces. This is the peace we have when we live according to God’s plan for our lives, which is laid out for us in his Word. When you feel at peace with others, with God, and with yourself, it will show on your face. Let’s make every effort to live in the peace God has designed for us. This is the peace that exceeds anything we can understand, that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
3. Be joyful always.
Even if our life circumstances are challenging, we have the joy of the Lord that is constantly bubbling up inside us. Let it show on your face, in your actions, when you’re talking with others.
4. Pray at all times.
Remember that you don’t have to carry those heavy burdens around and wear yourself out. Take them to God in prayer. Leave them there. Let’s make room in our life for more of the positive and joyful!
5. Be thankful in all circumstances.
No matter how difficult the day is, we can always find at least one thing to thank God for. Do it. And make sure to say thank you to others, too, for the ways they touch your life.
6. Keep what is good and avoid every kind of evil.
We want to look and be our best so that others will see Jesus in us. Don’t invite the enemy into your life by giving into the negative, your weaknesses, the temptations he places in your path. Don’t pay attention to the world’s definition of beauty. Let’s stay in God’s Word and follow his path as he reveals it to us.
7. “Encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, the theme verse for More Than A Widow).
Remember, it’s not about you. As we focus on encouraging and helping others, God will make each of us into a new person. A person who focuses on loving and serving him rather than on just surviving.
Looking for more makeover tips? Read 1 Thessalonians 5 for yourself. And then you may feel more like this beauty! I know I feel better already. How about you?
“May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being ― spirit, soul, and body ― free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).