The other night Melody and I were spending some time together watching an older movie. She commented that when ever they showed one of the older actresses they always used a filter to soften her looks so she would appear younger. She thought about it for a minute and said, “I need one of those filters.” Actually she doesn’t, but you understand that we all want to look good to others, don’t we.
There have been numerous songs, poems and articles written about having the ability to see with “the father’s eyes”. It’s the idea that we gain the ability to see others with God’s love and compassion, you might say, even to cherish them.
David explains God’s relationship with us in a very cool way in Psalm 17:8 (ESV) “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings”. While Zechariah tells us in Zechariah 2:8 (ESV), “For thus said the Lord of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye”.
We have the saying, “Love is blind,” and that’s what our relationship to God is about, isn’t it. God sees us through a filter, a special filter of love that is focused through Jesus Christ our Lord.
It doesn’t matter how dirty, how disheveled, how old we are, we will always be beautiful to him. My wife is just as beautiful today, (if not more so), as the day we met! Why, that’s what the filter of love does for us. Notice what the Apostle Paul says about us as Christians in relationship to God in Ephesians 5:25-27. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself as the glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
God’s filter is love! I need to understand this more in my life because I often don’t see myself or others around me through the filter of love as does God. My prayer is that I might do a better job of taking on this ability as demonstrated for us by our God. How about you?
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