All of us are acquainted at least one person, who, just knows how to push our buttons. We’ve all met that one weird kid who smells like broccoli. Or that guy who always has to be the center of attention. And what about the girl who’s always trying to one-up you? Let’s face it, people can be difficult. At times, they can even be downright ugly (on the inside).
Think of one person who you’ve been having a hard time with lately. Picture them in your imagination. Now, try to look past the surface–ask the Holy Spirit to help you see what’s really going on in their hearts. Nine times out of ten, we have to dive beyond the surface if we want the truth.
God has designed each one of us to walk in love. We’re all like beautiful diamonds–so many unique and lovely facets! Often times, however, those diamond-qualities get covered up with a layer of flesh (aka, “sin nature”). This is what causes us to act apart from love. It can be so easy to focus on a person’s flesh–on their ugliness, their mistakes, and their shortcomings. But underneath that dirt and grime, God sees a beautiful, pure diamond, just waiting to come out!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”~Galatians 5:22
As friends and servants of Christ, we are called to follow His example and call out the good in others. The Lord wants each of us to lead boldly and with excellence–and what better way to lead, then by calling others up to greatness? This is what God does with us! Even in our messes, He looks at us and says, “You’re beautiful. I love you so much! You thrill My heart–I’m so glad I made you.”
“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”~ Ephesians 4:22-24
Although the Lord acknowledges our sin, He does not identify us with it. Instead, He calls out our God-given identity that’s underneath. He looks past the rags and chooses to see the beauty.
“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.”~Song of Solomon 4:7
Think back to that challenging person you first thought of. Ask the Lord what He loves about them.
What did He show you?