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Influence (2)

24 May 2021
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is…’

Whether we realise it or not, we all have influence over somebody. It’s what we do with our influence that determines whether it’s negative or positive. Some sociologists theorise that even the shyest and most introverted person will influence about ten thousand people over their lifetime. Every interaction we have with another person either enriches or impoverishes them. Influence is never neutral. It’s important that we try to be aware of the influence we’re having, so we’re not leading others towards things that are harmful or ungodly. The Bible says, ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control’ (Galatians 5:22-23 NASB). We need to try and develop those qualities, then we’re better equipped to be a good influence on everyone we interact with. The bad news is that it’s not easy to live up to all these qualities all the time, but the good news is that it’s possible when we’re under the influence of God’s Spirit. Salvation is our starting point, but we need to spend time each day under the influence of Jesus; otherwise we’ll stay in one place without moving or growing. We won’t mature, we won’t maximise the spiritual gifts He’s given us, and we won’t discover and fulfil our God-given assignments in life. And we need to let God’s influence on us shine through every conversation, every thought, every action, and every word, so that others can be positively influenced through us.

What Now?

Before posting anything on social media this week, stop and check with God if it’s really going to have a positive influence on people. If not, then don’t post it.

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