“For if any man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like the man beholding his face in a mirror: for he beholds himself, and goes his way and right away forgets what manner of man he was. But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, not being a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed indeed.”
When we have an encounter with the truth of God’s Word, we should examine ourselves according to that revelation. We ought to ask God to show us what we need to do according to that word. How should we act? What changes should we make? How is God speaking to us, and what is HE requiring of us?
By: Terry Shapiro
Mirrors are amazing things! They reflect only what they see…beauty, or flaws. When we look into them, we all hope they will show only our best qualities; but, alas, our imperfections cannot be hidden. The mirror reflects the good, and the bad. Our outfit looks sloppy, we’ve put on some weight, our posture shows rounded shoulders, and boy!…talk about a BAD hair day!
Sometimes when we peer into the glass, we wonder who is looking back at us. We see wrinkles, bad skin, missing teeth, and gray hairs. What a disappointment this can be!
Yes, mirror- gazing can cause much frustration. That’s because we are viewing our temporal body. It decays everyday; but God looks at the inner man. If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior,” we are a new creation. Old things have passed away, and all things are made new.” Our identity is in the character of God…not in ourselves. What we see in the mirror, is only this clay house we live in here on earth.
The world tell us through commercials and advertising that if we use a certain product, or dress in designer clothes, we will look just like the model we see in the picture, and we will be successful in life. NOT SO! How man of us have been persuaded to buy a pair of jeans, or a dress that was at least two sizes too small, just because the sales person told us how great we looked?
We need to realize that our identity is not in how successful we are, or what we look like to others, but what we look like to God when he sees our heart. God says, “As a man thinks in his heart…so he is.”
So…forget the mirror! We should strive to mirror the image of God in our lives. He sees our spirit that has been washed clean in the blood of His Son, Jesus. When He sees that, we are beautiful to Him! What more could matter?
By: Anita Mondragon