Dwell Day 15 Practicing This Gospel
Read His Words Before Ours!
Do not merely listen to the Word, Sisters, and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says.
Anyone who listens to the Word and does not apply it
is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror,
and after looking at himself,
goes away and forgets what he looks like.
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,
and continues to do this,
not forgetting what he has heard,
but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does!
Beep, Beep, Beep! I swat off my alarm, stumble toward the bathroom and pause with my hand on the light switch, bracing for the onslaught of light.
With one eye open, I squint up at the mirror.
Ugh, there I am in all my morning glory; a sorry sight for even just one half-open eye!
Puffy eyes, pasty complexion– and that hair!
Wow, just wow!
This mirror is not my friend!
But wait, maybe it is.
Mirrors don’t lie.
What sort of friend would look at this mess, tell me I look gorgeous, and allow me to go to work this way? I hate how it points out my mess, yet without the mirror’s truth-telling, how would I know I look like a fright?
The mirror simply shows me the truth.
It’s up to me to take corrective measures and fix the obvious problems.
Just as my bathroom mirror points out my glaring physical imperfections,
God’s Word is a mirror for our souls. In His word, we encounter truth.
Like the mirror reflects our physical image,
so the scripture reveals the contents of our hearts.
As we encounter truth, we see our error.
We are then confronted with the choice of taking corrective action through the help of the Holy Spirit, or ignoring the issue, hoping it will solve itself.
Just like the mirror directly points out my obvious need for make-up and hair brushing, so Scripture points out where my attitudes and actions need adjustments.
“Do nothing out of selfishness or vain conceit,
but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only on your own interests,
but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
Staring up at me from the mirror of truth is my selfishness.
A wild-eyed girl, hands on hips and stamping her feet, brazenly demanding her own way. And I am ashamed that a daughter of the King should behave as I have done.
My spirit is broken, like the Father’s, over my sin.
I long for restoration, and I run to His open arms, knowing He is for me, ready to bring redemptive healing and a heart like His.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
However, sneering up at me from the mirror of truth are my harsh words and sarcasm.
A snaggle-toothed hag leering garishly, the sword of my words brandishing high.
And I am aghast at the ugliness of my soul.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves
be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
However, bondage to my flesh stares back.
A pitiful slave-girl gazing up with pleading eyes, begging for release, while clenching her own chains possessively.
My heart reaches for her in empathy, yet I’m powerless to lift her shackles.
Yet scripture whispers:
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger,
abounding in love.
He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.”
In this glorious mirror of Truth, we find Grace, with the name of Father, Son, and Spirit. Here we find our strong and compassionate Father,
extending the nail-scarred hand of the Son,
ready and able to lift us to freedom through the untamable power of the Spirit.
Rooted in truth, buoyed by grace, we are enfolded in His robes of righteousness.
In that moment, the selfish little girl
is transformed into a humble, compassionate princess.
The snaggle-toothed hag
morphs into a magnificent beauty with kindness on her lips.
The wretched slave-girl
rises to take her place among the redeemed royalty, shackles unleashed.
….and such is the beauty and kindness of truth and grace.
“…you shall know the truth,” the Savior says,
“and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
So, I bless the harsh realities the mirror of Scripture reveals,
for facing the truth is my only path to freedom through grace.
“…and whoever the Son sets free, is free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Dwell with Him, Sisters.
Dwell deeply and intimately with the King through His eternal Word,
then live free by His Word!
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