Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Reflections of God

photo by Pam Williams
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image,
make them reflecting our nature.”
Genesis 1:26 (The Message)

It was all so perfect in the beginning. Adam and Eve had everything, including a nature like God’s. Then came “The Fall”, (and I don’t mean the season of Autumn). All humanity now lives under the influence of sin.

Since that time, human nature no longer reflects God's nature. It takes a life-changing experience with Jesus to bring our sinful human nature under God’s influence. Galatians 5:24-25 says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature with all its passions and desires. The Spirit has given us life; He must also control our lives.”

God’s Word says that when we wholeheartedly trust in Jesus we receive His Spirit and gradually become more and more like Him (2 Corinthians 3:18).

When I look at other believers, I CAN see something of the nature of God! What I have learned about God from other Christians? Quite a lot, actually!

God shows intense compassion and heart-felt empathy.
God gets fiercely angry yet offers infinite patience.
God displays awesome creativity and mind-boggling intelligence.
God gives unconditional love and unending understanding.
God possesses infinite wisdom and soul-bearing insight.
God is completely sincere and reliably dependable.
God draws us in close and is eternally present.

Proverbs 27:17 reminds us, "People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron." Let's consider today what our words and actions are teaching others about God.

Be encouraged!

©2016 Pamela D. Williams