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For Now We See in a Mirror Dimly

July 1, 2014

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For Now  We See  in a Mirror  Dimly

As a child,  my sister and I  would play  “big lady”  with our friends.     We would get  all dressed up  in old fashioned clothes  our mother gave us  from the attic.     We were so far  from being grown up,  but it was fun  to pretend  and check out  our grown-up looks  in the mirror.     None of us  had a clue  what our futures would be like,  but we eagerly  looked forward  to all sorts  of good things.     In our immaturity,  we didn’t know what it was like  to love others  as God loves us,  work hard  for a living,  to resist all sorts of temptations,  to make hard decisions,  or to face any  of the trials  the future would bring.

That immaturity  is reflected  in what Paul explains  in 1 Corinthians 13:11-13,

When I was a child,  I used  to speak  as a child,  think as a child,  reason as a child;  when I became a man,  I did away  with childish things.     For now we see  in a mirror dimly,  but then face  to face;  now I know  in part,  but then  I shall know fully  just as I also have been fully known.     But now abide faith,  hope,  love,  these three;  but the greatest  of these  is love.

We may be physically mature  —  and even very aged  —  and yet,  God sees us  as His children.     That is what we are.     Spiritually,  we are children   because we don’t fully recognize  all our sins  —  nor do we always fully recognize  the depths  of the love  of God  in every part  of our lives.     We are children spiritually  because we often fail  to love others  the way God loves us.

We mess up  in being loving,  patient,  and kind.     It is altogether too natural  for us  to be jealous,  bragging,  arrogant,  unbecoming,  self-seeking,  provoked,  angry about wrongs suffered,  and gladly willing  to do unrighteous things.     We don’t always rejoice  in the truth.     We don’t bear our troubles very well  —  and we lapse into times of unbelief,  hopelessness,  and the inability  to endure.     ( See 1 Corinthians 13:1-10. )

But,  Paul tells us  we need  to buck up  —  man up  —  “when I became a man,  I did away  with childish things.”     We need  to do away with  the childish things  of jealousy,  bragging,  and all the other  unbecoming behaviors Paul listed.

Because we are children spiritually,  we do not really see  or comprehend  the unspeakable holiness  and depths  of love in God our Savior.     The beauty  of God’s holiness and love  is not known  in any appreciable way.     Altogether too often  we don’t even consider God’s being  when we are bent  on doing something sinful.     That is an immaturity we need  to do away with.

We need  to grow up  in the love  of God.

As we read  and study God’s word  —  applying it  to our daily lives  —  we will be strengthened  to grow up  in the true faith,  hope,  and love.

Seeing the wonders  of God’s kind  of love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  keep on teaching us  in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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