“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,”
-Colossians 1:10 NIV
The apostle Paul was writing to the small, young church in Colossae, encouraging them to stick with the truth that had been taught to them, and to live lives that would please God. God sends that same message to us today in Colossians 1:10. Now, more than ever, people are skeptical and sour toward Christians. They think of us as snooty, judgmental, “holier than thou” people who don’t know what love really is. We’ll never change the minds of the masses with our words. They’re not listening. They are watching. As we live lives that are worthy of the Lord, and as we bear fruit in every good work, they’ll have to notice. In a time when some people represent their god with bloodshed and body counts, the true God wants us to sacrifice for the good of others. Jesus did it for us, we do it for others. He died so that we could be forgiven and live eternally with Him. The loudest witness we can share with the world is to love our neighbors as ourselves. It may not always be easy, but it also isn’t complicated. In your dealings with others, be nice. Simply be nice.