You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:2–3, ESV
Mahatma Gandhi spoke very highly of the teachings of Jesus and what was found within the Bible, but one of the reasons quoted for him not becoming Christian was because of the witness of many Christians. As followers of Christ, we are the ambassadors of the faith in the world. When we identify ourselves as Christian, we may be the only Gospel that some see. Paul was speaking to this reality. On our hearts, the Gospel is meant to be written, and for that reason, our lives are forever changed. It is not an action that we instigate on our own and it is not to say that we will always get it right. We definitely won’t. This, however, does not excuse us to do or act as we please, knowing that we have our Lord’s grace covering us. Our Lord desires for us to be ever mindful of our witness in the world as we treat others in our interactions. In this state of mindfulness, we may find that our actions may change and our words may sound different because of the guidance of our Lord. We may find that people may also interact differently with us, and we may find that people speak differently with us and about us. Even people who are not of the faith tend to speak differently around a faithful person. The coarse language tends to lessen, and people don’t always feel as comfortable speaking in profane ways around those who reflect a strong faith. As God’s Word is written more firmly on our hearts, we also find that some of that lessens within us. The words that God places in us become different, and the peace within us grows. Let our hearts be filled with Christ’s Words, and our mouths be full of His praise.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.