Love is patient. Love is kind.
Love God. Love people…ALL people.
What about this one – love genuinely??
I feel my own heart convicted on this matter, hence the post on a blog that is titled beholding HIS glory.
I have always been fascinated with mirrors. God truly gave man a gift in creating such unique objects. In the end, these amusing devices make for a great illustration.
Paul tells the church at Ephesus to be imitators of God. (Eph. 5:1)
God IS Love! (1 Jn. 4:8, 16)
He loved us first. He chose His children before time began. He sent His Son to be the propiation for our sins. He adopted us into His family…we can now call Him, Father.
God has called us to love Him with all our “heart, soul, mind, and strength.” He also commanded that we love our neighbors as ourselves. These are the two greatest commandments. Out of these two flow all others.
Earlier I referenced Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. He said to imitate God.
What is imitation? Is it not a reflection of the source?
Mirrors reflect the true image.
If a mirror is cracked, it will most likely misrepresent the true image. Distortion. Flawed perspectives. Mistaken identity. But the defects in the mirror will NEVER change the nature of the true image. This image remains the same.
This illustration may sound strange, but really, are we not like the cracked mirror?
Sin has corrupted our souls. We are created in the image of God, why do we not act like it?
The unbeliever is said to know the Christian by his love for his brothers. (1 John is ALL OVER this one.)
Love your fellow slave of Christ!
Consider your brother’s interests more important than your own.
Obey God’s commands. Follow Christ’s example.
Wrap the towel of the slave around your waste and start washing feet!