“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Psalm 103:8
God’s goal for His children – those in whom he lives because they have invited Him in – is to be increasingly transformed. We are to eagerly submit to His “change process” so that when people see us, they catch a glimpse of God. We know his image in us is a mere shadow of his character, but it is a shadow.
What characteristics of God do I most need?
God, I believe, lovingly waits for us to take hard looks at our personalities, lifestyles, habits to see where we need Him to begin – or accelerate – the transformation process.
When I read that God is “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love,” I can ask myself if those same characteristics are becoming more a reality in my life. Am I looking at difficult people with compassion? Do I react with grace to those who are rude? Does my temper flash or am I learning to think long before reacting? Does my love for individuals and groups, especially those most unlike me, roll relentlessly like ocean waves?
God will work in our lives with great freedom when we give him permission to do so.
Then people will see Jesus in us.
By Marilyn Ehle
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