Through a Mirror – Heavenly Love

Written by on October 21, 2014

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“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NASB).

My one-year-old grandson, Logan, is fascinated by his round-faced reflection in the mirror. He smiles at his companion. Toddlers don’t usually identify the face in the mirror as their own until they’re around two years old. Logan sees his reflection, and knows in part. But one day he’ll know fully.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.  (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, NIV).

When I get grouchy, and the enemy tries to take over my emotions, moving into a place of peace is really challenging. But I fight back. I ask the Holy Spirit how to overcome.

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The Holy Spirit directed me to copy the “love” verses onto my journal page, and to put my name in them. “Lynn is patient. Lynn is kind. Lynn does not envy. She does not boast. She is not proud.” I cringed as I copied the verses. A few times when I’d been impatient, unkind, and proud came to mind. (Drats, I thought to myself, I still blow it!)

Today, I challenge you to do the same: copy down these Scripture verses about love and write them out, inserting your name wherever it says “love.” Our Jesus wrote them intentionally for you! Watch the verses spring to life as you personalize them.

But it gets better. The next verse in 1 Corinthians says:

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NASB).

We find a reflection of God in one another. What do we see? Flawed character? The shortcomings of our loved ones? Their past offenses? Ours? The ability to understand God’s love is limited because that place of trust is limited in us.

Logan_&_Mirror_#3_Oct 12_2014But God’s love goes way wider. Longer. Higher. Deeper. One day, we’ll see Him in heaven—clearly, face-to-face, with the full measure of heavenly love that only He can give. We’ll know ourselves completely, because His presence will complete us. In this, the fullness of His pleasure is fully known. 

How is Jesus Christ expressing His love to you?

How is the presence of God’s love different in heaven from that on the earth? How can we give one another “trailers” of heavenly love?

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Comments
  1. Tassie   On   October 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

    What a great message!!! Thank you for sharing!
    I LOVE the last question…”How can we give one another “trailers” of heavenly love?”

    God is showing me His love by speaking the same message to me in so many different ways…. just what I need…. when I need it.

    Love your blog!!!

    • Lynn Hare   On   October 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Tassie, thank you for the enthusiasm! You made me smile. Yes, often I get the same message from Papa in so many ways, too. For example, God keeps telling me to be patient – in so many patient ways of His!

  2. Sam Hall   On   October 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    A good reminder, Lynn.
    Okay, let’s see: “Sam is patient, Sam is kind. Sam does not envy, he does not boast …” I-e-e-e-yi!
    The guilt, I couldn’t take the guilt of trying to pretend those statements about me were true. But it’s something to aspire to–with the help of the Holy Spirit.

    • Lynn Hare   On   October 26, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Sam, you made me laugh! Yes, I love that God speaks present-future over us – we reach forward and embrace Holy Spirit love-truths about ourselves now. But I’m with you on the “I-e-e-e-y!” in the meanwhile!

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