The Sweet and Quiet Influence

“God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7

I know Christians who are not brilliant and who never do any great things, but whose lives are so true, so consistent and so Christlike, that wherever they go, they carry in their very presence a bit of heavenly sunshine.

Concerning one of these, a friend said a few years ago, standing by the coffin of a young woman who had been called home, “Wherever she went, flowers grew in her pathway, and the air was always sweeter when she entered the room.” This is true of certain lives, even apart from what they do. Of course, it is the godly life and character which makes the pleasant face, and which gives to the presence its strange power.

May God give you grace always to be a blessing wherever you go, not only in the things you do and the things you say, but still more in the sweet and quiet influence of your life.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight!” 1 Peter 3:3-4

“Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

– J. R. Miller

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