others see in us. It's often related to our past, not our present; our mistakes, not our successes; our tragedies not our triumphs.
And sadly, sometimes that is all that 'people' see. Which is why I asked 'what do you think GOD sees when He looks at you?'.
Many, many months ago I took a page from one of my Pastors book and prayed earnestly and heartfelt to the Lord, simply asking 'Lord, please help me see 'this person' through Your eyes'. And the scripture I was given, was: Philippians 4:8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things fix your minds on them
I was blown away! I was stunned at God's perspective of this person, because it was NOT what I was experiencing in the 'now', in fact, it was the exact opposite in my own eyes.
And like anything God tells us to do or calls us to do, it's a 'human process' that we walk through. It takes practice! And willing! And stumbling! And falling! And getting up! And pressing forward! And trying again!
But here's the thing... We can doubt God or we can press in to what He's saying to us.
I can tell you that pressing in, that by continually pressing in, that by allowing the mistakes to happen, that by allowing MY heart to be changed and MY perception to be changed, God is triumphant! God IS able!
So, back to my original question... If you have ever wondered what God thinks of you or how God sees you... This is it... Honourable, reverent, just, pure, lovely, kind, winsome, gracious, worthy, virtuous... Because He fixes His mind on the good stuff He planted in us, not on the mistakes, failures, hurts and hang ups that have happened along the way.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any person is ingrafted in Christ the Messiah he is a new creation a new creature altogether; the old previous moral and spiritual condition has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
It is done! Rest in that!