My Bible Study this week is on another item that we carry in our pocketbook- the mirror. I started thinking about those mirrors you see at carnivals...you know the ones! One makes you look tall and thin, the other short and wide!
When we look at ourselves and our sin in the tall/thin mirror, we might have a tendency to under-exaggerate our sin. Because we like what we see, we tell ourselves our sin isn't so bad...we don't really want our image to change.
2 Timothy4:3-4 tells us, "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen (SEE) to sound and wholesome teaching (TRUTH). They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers (MIRRORS) who will tell them whatever their itching ears (EYES) want to hear (SEE).
4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. (BY USING TALL/THIN MIRRORS)
****The words in parentheses are MOP (My Own Personal) translation****
On the other hand, when we look into the short/wide mirror, we might have the tendency to over-exaggerate our sin. We might believe that our sin is soooooooooo great that even God cannot forgive us. WRONG! Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for ALL our sin!
Luke 7:47 says, "For this reason I say to you, her sins, WHICH ARE MANY, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little." Praise God, I've been forgiven much!
Have you looked in the mirror lately...the mirror of God's word? God's word reveals the truth...no under-exaggerations, no over-exaggerations...just the plain old truth! It shows us just exactly what we need to correct.
James 1: 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
I'm so thankful that I have The True Mirror that allows me to see what's out of place and correct it.