As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.
This simple line speaks volumes. Have you or someone you know ever said, “That wasn’t my intention.” ? I have, I said it today and I meant it, but even if the intention was good, the outcome reflects the negative and the evil and the poor parts of our hearts. Our decisions tell the world about our hearts, whether good or bad. The good news is with Christ we have the power to change. With Christ and God’s word and the Holy Spirit to guide us, we can change our hearts to reflect what we long to reflect, and as a Christ follower, I long to reflect the love and kindness of my Lord, Jesus Christ. I want to reflect him because he is the ultimate picture of true love. He gave everything, the glory of heaven, fellowship with God and the Holy Spirit, and his life, to make us his own so that we may find joy in this life and know that the joy and goodness we find is only through belief in him and his work on the cross. I want those around me to see me and think there is something different that they have never seen before. I want them to see kindness, love, tenderness, gentleness, compassion, selflessness, sacrifice and all the wonderful characteristics of Christ so that they will wonder why. Because our world doesn’t teach these things as metrics for success. Our world teaches looks, lust, money, power, fame, and greed. Our world tells us if someone falls, we are one step ahead. But we still long for a care that is other worldly and if we strive to be like the one who gave everything for our souls, maybe God will give us opportunities to pass on his love and open their eyes to the reality of the cross. So if your heart belongs to Jesus, strive to be like him. Read his words and bury them deep in your heart so that your decisions and characteristics reflect him. Our lives are acts of worship (everyone to their own gods). Worship Christ with your entire life. With the meals you eat, the work you do, the activities you participate in, and the way you treat other people. Love as Christ loves. To death.