Often when I look in the mirror I often don't like who I see. I always focus on those areas that I think need improvement. I think I need to lose weight. I don't like my hair. I don't like this or that...you get the idea...we've all been there. Well today I began to think,which is often dangerous, isn't it the same with my spirit?
How many times have I "looked" into my heart and I don't like what I see. I have so far to go, so much growing up to do spiritually. I see all those areas that need improvement. I know the depths of the sin I am capable of doing. But who does God see when He looks at me? I look in a mirror that is flawed. I see with eyes that have learned to filter the wrong way. We usually filter out the good and keep the negative when it comes to looking inward. What is the Truth? Who does God see when He looks at me?
He sees His Beloved~ As He says also in Hosea, "I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, `MY PEOPLE,' AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, `BELOVED (Rom 9:25)
He sees the one whom He Chose~So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Col 3:12)
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD , A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (1Pe 2:9)
He sees His bride~ "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready (Re 19:7) .
He calls us holy ~but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY." (1Pe 1:15,16)
There are so many references to who we are in Christ. When God looks at us He sees Christ! We are in the process of being transformed into His image. We need to see that we are becoming like Him.
God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world (1 John 4:16,17)
God also says of His beloved children~Oh my precious sisters, we need to look in the mirror and see ourselves as God sees us. Yes there is still work to be done, but He sees us with the eyes of eternity. He looks at us with eyes of love. He sees us through Jesus.
We are declared righteous
Adopted as Son's
Redeemed by The Blood of the Lamb
We are precious
We are called saints