Our Lives as a Looking Glass

We reflect a number of images.

It’s natural for us to mirror one or both of our parents. After so much time with them, we tend to pick up some of their quirks and mannerisms by some form of osmosis. It may be more of one than the other or a perfect compromise, but we’ll adapt something into the life we live. A person may or may not like this, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

We may also image some of our friends or coworkers. The same thought is true here as it is with our parents – we tend to imitate those with whom we spend the most time. Yet, I’ve frequently found that these tendencies often fade when moving to another location or some other loss of the relationship – although, much depends on the depth of the friendship bond.

It seems that both quantity and quality of time have a tremendous influence on our relationships. We gladly invest both into another when one other aspect exists – love. Regardless of the kind of love we feel, it is what drives us to do whatever it takes to see the relationship grow and continue.

God knows all about this love, because He created it. He intended for it to be at the center of our relationships. And God is the One who gave us the most amazing example of love.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:7-12, NIV)

So our love for one another is an extension of the love we have received. How we treat one another is connected to what we’ve received from God. Every decision we make reveals the quantity and quality of our time and relationship with the One Who is Love.

In other words…

Our lives are reflections of what we love.

In our Commissioning group, we’ve embarked on a journey into the wonder and mystery of our Triune God. The Father, Son and Spirit reflect one another in steadfast unity and beautiful harmony. They are one.

And the Church is to be the living reflection of our Triune God.

So we must ask ourselves:

  • Are we mirroring a steadfast unity with God and one another?
  • Are we composing a beautiful harmony consistent with our divinely-given uniqueness?
  • Are we reflecting the God we claim to love and serve?
  • Or are we imaging are true loves – those being something other than the Triune God?

Our desire is to allow God to transform us more and more into a consistent portrayal of the image of Jesus Christ.

May we be willing to invest whatever it takes to see that relationship grow and continue.

And may others get a glimpse of the unity and harmony of our God when they see how we live with one another.

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