35 God’s people are to let their light shine.

Matthew 5:13–16

Why should we be concerned that we fulfill God’s purpose for our lives (Matthew 5:13)?

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What problems arise if we fail to be the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14)?

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How does a flashlight without batteries compare to a burned-out lightbulb (Matthew 5:15)?

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What must we do to “let our light shine” (Matthew 5:16)?

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Why is our kindness like light shining in the darkness (Matthew 5:16)?

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Normally, people are recognized for their good deeds? Why would God be the one who is recognized for people’s kindness (Matthew 5:16)?

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You are like the salt of the earth,” Jesus said. “But if salt no longer tastes like salt, where is its seasoning value? It’s worthless, so it’s thrown out and people walk on it.

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Matthew 5:13 “You are like the salt of the earth,” Jesus said. “But if salt no longer tastes like salt, where is its seasoning value? It’s worthless, so it’s thrown out and people walk on it.
King James

Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

“You are here to give light to the whole world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and hide it under a bowl. It is placed on a stand to give light to everyone in the house. In the same way, you should let your kindness shine before men so they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”

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Matthew 5:14–16 “You are here to give light to the whole world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and hide it under a bowl. It is placed on a stand to give light to everyone in the house. In the same way, you should let your kindness shine before men so they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”
King James

Matthew 5:14–16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.