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Reflect Love

Follow God's example in everything you do just as a much loved child imitates his father. Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sin. And God was pleased, for Christ's love for you was like sweet perfume to him.

Let there be no sex sin, impurity or greed among you. Let no one be able to accuse you of any such things. Dirty stories, foul talk and coarse jokes - these are not for you. Instead, remind each other of God's goodness and be thankful.

You can be sure of this: The Kingdom of Christ and of God will never belong to anyone who is impure or greedy, for a greedy person is really an idol worshiper - he loves and worships the good things of this life more than God. Don't be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the terrible wrath of God is upon all those who do them. Don't even associate with such people. For though once your heart was full of darkness, now it is full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it! Because of this light within you, you should do only what is good and right and true.

Learn as you go along what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless pleasures of evil and darkness, but instead, rebuke and expose them. Ephesians 5: 1-11 (TLB)

Celebrities often get the spotlight, both for their achievements and their personal lives. They are like the stars in the sky or a town on a hill - clearly visible and guaranteed to attract attention.

However, because Christians are a minority group in Juita Kartini's country, who lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, their presence is often notice too. Whether at school, in the office, or in their neighborhoods, hopefully people will notice them for the love they show to others through their words and deeds. Juita feels that at times it can be difficult to reflect love because people are not always pleasant and Juita's days are not always beautiful. But through daily reading of scripture, she is reminded that her words and deeds can determine whether or not God's name will be praised and glorified by those around her.

Prayer: God Almighty, help us reflect your love to others so that our words and deeds glorify you, in Jesus' name. amen.

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