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Friday, January 4, 2008

Portraying God Accurately

If you have never seen the video, The Father's Love Letter, it is worth watching. http://www.fathersloveletter.com/

One comment in the Father's Love Letter touches on the truth that some people misrepresent God. We don't fully understand the love and affection of God. We see it as conditional—the way we love and have affection for others and ourselves. We have a tendency to think God is angry or disappointed in us because of our sin even though we are His children.

This misrepresentation is the very thing that causes us to pull away from God. We are led to believe that we must clean up our act before we can really enjoy close fellowship with God and be accepted and cherished by Him. The truth is...God is not disappointed with you. He sees you as you will be. He sees the end of the story. You ARE seated in the heavenlies with Christ (Ephesians 2:6). He isn't surprised and disappointed that you aren't perfect today. He knows the exact day you will give up that bad habit, that poor attitude, or that particular issue with which you struggle.

Imagine seeing a video of your child doing something horrid when he was three years old. Now your child is a lot older and has turned out to be a great kid. When you watch that video of your child at three—perhaps biting another child—are you mad at your child? No! You see the end product. You are not disappointed. You know your child has  quit biting and are confident in his future.

Well guess what! God is also confident in your future! He isn't mad at you. This misconception is what keeps us from really drawing near to God. We think we are too messed up, and that's exactly what the enemy hopes we'll think. However it's actually through spending time with God that we are transformed, that we are changed from glory to glory.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.  2 Corinthians 3 :18
It's so important that we not portray our Father God as displeased, angry, and disappointed. Let's accurately portray Him as a God that is full of mercy and love. Full of compassion and care. Full of grace and blessings to all who draw near to Him through Christ. He doesn't want us to clean up our act before He will fill us with the joy of His presence. No, He will clean up our act as we are filled with the joy of His presence.


2 comments:

marygrace :-) said...

Thank you so much for the analogy of watching a video of your three year old biting! I have struggled with how to convey to those to whom I minister just how God's perspective is different from our own. This analogy really cinches it for me. As a mother to a now-reformed biter :-) I can honestly say that I look back on all those horrific playdates and seemingly endless correction sessions with the eyes of one who has seen the end result ... and it is a very lovely thing! How much more then, must our heavenly Father look at us with love and forgiveness?

MayTheyBeMightyMen said...

Thank you! I needed this today, and I'm pretty sure God used you to speak to me.

Thank you!