Check Your Countenance

14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:14-16

If we are to be the light of the world, wouldn’t that include all types of light? Wouldn’t you agree? Here is a type of light. The Greek word ʾôr pā·ně(h) is translated as light, but this light means:

  • Bright countenance, formally, light of the face, i.e., an appearance of the face that shows positive, happy attitude (Job 29:24; Pr 16:15)
  • Also: favor, favorable circumstances, and relief from trouble and danger (Ps 4:7[EB 6]; 44:4[EB 3])

I see a lot of Christians going around with long angry, sulky faces, like they have had nothing good and nothing good is coming to them. Let me just tell you, that is not being ʾôr pā·ně(h), the light, formally, light of the face.

Our countenance is a direct connection to our emotions, which directly influences our actions. We are called to be the light of the world while Jesus is in Heaven. How can we lead people to the joy of the LORD if we ourselves look angry, depressed, and filled with all kinds of negative emotions? The Joy of the LORD is our strength, so use it. Light the darkness in every interaction you have with someone, with every prayer and supplication you set before the LORD, with every action you make. The world is watching us; our countenance matters.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Check Your Countenance.

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