Parenting is sometimes a difficult job. Do you ever remember your parents saying "This hurts me more than it hurts you"? I used to think that was nonsense... until I became a parent. Well, I believe Jesus feels that way A LOT as He molds us into the mighty men and women of God that He has called us to be!
As I continue to grow in the Lord, He helps me to see areas of my christian walk that need to improve. Lately He has been dealing with me about how I view others... especially those that have caused chaos and heartache in my life. The truth is that when we view things in this world through our own sight, it is like walking blindly. When we turn our focus to Him, He removes the blinders and gives us true sight.
Well lately, I have stumbled in this area. So, I have been seeking the Lord and started to be very intentional in my prayers. When I know that I am going to have an encounter with someone that has caused pain in my life, I seek the Lord in prayer. I specifically ask for these three things.
#1: Lord, help me to see others through Your eyes... especially those people that have caused me heartache. #2: Lord, shine Your light brightly in my life so that others see Him through me. #3: Lord, open doors of opportunity for me to share the message of Your love and plant a seed in their life.
God's Word has spoken clearly to me on this topic. The verses below have shown me that God views His children for the potential they have ...... not the choices they have made. He accepts us where we are and then cleans us up. He then molds us into the mighty man or woman of God that He created us to be. We were all created in His image ........ which means we all have good within us. So, as Christians, we are called to see the potential in others... not their mistakes and their faults. We are to love them right where they are!
Genesis 1:27 (NIV) ~ "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."
I Samuel 16:7 (NIV) ~ "But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Ephesians 1:18 (NIV) ~ "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people."
Matthew 7:1-5 (NIV) ~ “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye', when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."
Col 3:12 (NIV) ~ "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience."
I pray that God moves mightily in your life and helps you to see other's through His eyes. I encourage you to go out and allow His light to shine brightly through you.
How has seeing things through Christ's eyes changed your perspective?
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