Looking into the Mirror
Accepting the Truth That You See
by Joanne Troppello
“Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Have you looked in the mirror lately? Sure, you probably look in the mirror each day. However, have you looked into the mirror to see deep inside your soul?
When we look into that mirror, it’s important that we can accept the truth that we see. If not, our refusal to see the truth will only serve to hinder positive spiritual and emotional growth.
Putting Away Childish Things
In I Corinthians chapter 13, we read the well-known verse about “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” However, do you know the preceding verses? One powerful truth found in verse 11 is that Paul said he “put away childish things” when he became a man.
Whenever I read this passage, it pierces my heart. Have I been putting away childish things? Whenever I react immaturely, rather than respond maturely, that is not putting away childish things. When I act selfishly, I’m acting like a child.
But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – I Corinthians 13:10-13 (NKJV)
Looking into the mirror of our hearts—through conviction of the Holy Spirit, by reading God’s Word, or however else we see the truth of ourselves—can be painful; especially when you acknowledge the truth.
On this side of Heaven, I can only see dimly, liked a blurred reflection. However, in Heaven, my eyes will be opened to “know just as I also am known.”
Loved by God
God loves us. He doesn’t love sin, but He loves us and sent His Son to die so we would live in eternity with Him. When you truly get a handle on the truth that you are loved by God, that will rock your world in a good way.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
We’ve been saved by God’s grace. At least you are saved if you’ve accepted the gift of Jesus’s death on the cross. Embrace that grace that God’s given you.
And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. – II Corinthians 5:15-19 (NKJV)
Looking in the mirror daily shouldn’t become a negative thing, leaving you bound by guilt. As a Christian, we read in II Corinthians 5:17, that we are a “new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”
The main takeaway from this article is that we should look in the mirror daily but remember that we are dearly loved by God. That should open our hearts even more to want to live a life that is set apart to Him.
In the moonlight
Underneath the long branches of the blue spruce
moonlight’s fingers gently tap on my shoulders.
Mesmerized, I turn to look at the placid lake,
my face mirrored on the silver colored ripples.
Moonlight moves to envelop my still form
as I crouch low, near the water’s edge, staring.
I see my rounded face distorted by tiny ripples flowing.
Awakened by a sudden breeze surrounding me.
I am frozen by goose bumps up and down my arms.
I feel the wind blow across my face like a light kiss,
then I see my mirrored face for a moment, then its erased.
© Joanne Troppello
Do you look in the mirror daily to evaluate your spiritual health?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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