IMAGE OF GOD; IMAGE OF YOURSELF
In his book, “Care of Mind, Care of Spirit,” Morton Kelsey wrote that our image of God is important because we are created in His likeness.
That leads me to a question:
What is your image of God?
Is He kind and loving?
Is He gentle?
Is He gracious and merciful?
Is He strict?
Is He grumpy and angry?
Does He like to give us things we want?
Does He give sparingly, only addressing needs?
Is He personally involved in our lives or is He sitting back, waiting to judge us someday?
is it true that “God helps those who help themselves,” or is it that we are utterly dependent on Him?
Does He heal today?
Does He protect or leave us to fend for ourselves?
Is He a generous provider?
One thing I have been learning is that my knowledge of God directly affects my experience of Him and myself. As I come to receive His absolute and complete love of me, I am less afraid and driven to work for His approval.
That God’s love is foundational to His and our relationships is so important, it is no surprise that we have been deceived into believing distortions and outright lies.
Another statement from Fr Kelsey’s book is,
“We are loved by, important to and created in the image of God.”
Do you believe that?
I have read a number of books that call us to learn about God’s profound love. Some that I have really enjoyed are:
“A Glimpse Into a Love Beyond Words,” by Danny Randall
“Experienceing the Father’s Embrace,” by jack Frost
“The Supernatural Ways of Royalty,” by Bill Johnson and Chris Vallatton
If you doubt God’s love at all, seriously explore this matter. Ask Him to demonstrate His love for you and reveal Himself through Scripture, Holy Spirit and other people.
Enjoy the journey.