Welcome When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Are your eyes immediately drawn to your physical reflection, the beautiful features you were blessed with by God and good genetics, or the flaws that seem to overshadow any of your prettiest qualities? Or do you self-reflect, so to speak, on your identity, seeing yourself as a wife, mom, friend, professional, etc.? Look hard and dig deep. What do you really see?
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Food For Thought On Monday, I talked about working through scripture to overcome self-hate and self-criticism. One of the verses I use a lot is Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” (ESV) Even better is when God declared that everything He had made was “very good,” (Gen. 1:31). As I have been working on this portion of my spiritual walk, I began to wonder what exactly it means to be in God’s image.
To be honest, I have a hard time looking in the mirror and seeing my image as Godly. I know I’m a creation of God, but I’m far from perfect, physically, mentally, and spiritually. So how exactly does that image reflected back at me portray God?
First of all, we’re going to put the physical aspect aside. If we look around at our friends and family, around our communities, even around our country and world, we will see a level of physical diversity beyond calculation. Sizes, shapes, colors, and physical abilities are truly as unique as the number of people that walk the planet. I don’t believe God ever intended for us to all look the same, and in that regard, He never intended for one physical attribute to dominate the rest of the population. We’re different on purpose. But that’s a lesson for another day.
Today, I’m talking about the Godly image of our souls reflecting back at us and to the rest of the world. This is our character, our morals, our beliefs, our faith, and how we treat others. This is the image I need to look upon in the mirror and say, “Yes, that looks Godly.” Or, on many days, take notice of my image that has become blemished by the world and work like crazy to not just cover it up, but to heal it. So what exactly does this Godly image look like?
To answer this question, I like to look in the third chapter of Colossians, where it describes how to put on the “new self.” This new self is our image of God, put on to replace the blemishes of our sins and imperfections. We are putting away the earthly images: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness (Col. 3:5). We should not see a reflection of anger, wrath, malice, slander, or obscene talk or lies (Col. 3:8). Instead, our image should reflect the image of God as His chosen ones, holy and beloved: compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness, love, peace, harmony, and thankfulness (Col. 3:12-16). If we are living our lives in the spirit of God, as His holy creation, we will be reflecting these traits through our actions, our words, even in our appearance.
When I look in the mirror, I want to like what I see. I want to see a woman who has a kind heart, compassionate words, a woman who is patient and humble. More importantly, I want to reflect the image of God to the rest of the world, that they may know of His love and compassion, the greatest love of all.
Today’s Scripture I want to encourage you to read Colossians, chapter three, today and see how you can best apply God’s image of perfection to your own life. Knowing we cannot attain perfection does not excuse us from making efforts to improve our own conduct.
Today’s Bible Journaling Page Remember, our image should be clothed in forgiveness, meekness, a compassionate heart, kindness, humility, and patience, all bound together by the greatest of all, love (Colossians 3:12-14; ESV). This page will help me commit this to memory (I hope!)
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