Bible Study: Matthew 5:16

Hey, pretty girl!

In my Instagram post today, I shared a photo that I took at the “Rise and Shine” mural in Minneapolis (mural address in the photo caption). This specific word, “shine,” reminded me of a great biblical quote in the chapter of Matthew. This verse is Jesus explaining to his followers that they are the “light of the world” and must “let their light shine.”

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Matthew 5:16
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Before I get into this verse and it’s application and meaning to me personally, I figured I would share how I personally study my Bible.

  1. I go on Pinterest and find verses/chapters that interest me the most
  2. I plan out on a calendar which days I will read certain chapters
  3. I set a designated time to study the verse (usually prior to sleeping for me)
  4. Grab highlighters, colored pens and sticky notes for studying
  5. Journal following your study session to share what you learned
  6. Share what you learned with God through a prayer

Now, I read the entirety of chapter 5 of Matthew, but I wanted to just highlight this one verse in this blog post. However, I recommend reading the entire chapter for context and complete understanding. This is just what I personally took from the verse and doesn’t have to be a direct reflection on your thoughts.

To me, this verse is pointing out that you cannot keep your love of faith and God secret or concealed. This is because when other see your good works, it may inspire them to also praise God and embrace faith like you are. If we are to conceal our “light,” in other words, hide our faith, we are not living to our fullest potential. Your honorable and faithful actions WILL be seen by others, no matter how small these actions are. Those living through their faith will be sincere, faithful and humble in their actions.

I pray that my actions through the light of faith within me can inspire others so that they see the good works I do for You.

Happy bible studying 🙂

With Love, Marin

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