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God’s 3D Glasses—Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes
Series: What Can Love Do for You?
(Adapted from the book, Love is Not an Emotion—Learning to Love No Matter What)
Shanna D. Gregor
In spite of my turbulent home life, I was a pretty confident child and teenager. I remained opinionated and outspoken. I didn’t know what I wanted out of life—but I did know what I didn’t want. I didn’t want relationships that caused me pain. I like to think I had a lot of friends growing up. For the most part I think I was well liked by my classmates and high school friends, but I had rules.
Trust was a big factor in my relationships. People only got one chance with me—with a few exceptions. If someone lied to me, I immediately severed the relationship because of my past experience with other—specifically my father. Oh, I forgave those who lied to me if they apologized, but they were immediately removed from my list of close friends. I marked them off my “trusted” list and built a wall between me and them in an effort to eliminate the chance of any more emotional pain. I felt like I had to protect myself. I was lost to the truth that God was my protector, and I could trust Him with my emotions and my relationships.
Leo Buscaglia said, “Love is always bestowed as a gift—freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.” For many years that truth was lost on me.
When we are born again, we receive God’s nature into our hearts. His love conforms us to the image of Christ. Christ in me is the hope of glory—the earnest expectation of God’s manifested presence in my life.
One of the most important elements necessary to love no matter what is to know who you are in Christ. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
I really didn’t know who I was. The bottom fell out of my spiritual foundation when my maternal grandmother, (whom I perceived as the most holy, praying woman I knew), died after doctors discovered her body was eaten up with cancer. I was a senior in high school, and I was done with God. He failed me, and I removed Him from my list of trusted friends.
In retrospect, I believe it was a good thing for me personally. It was a new beginning for me in my relationship with Him. After holding God at arm’s length for two years, I began again. I created a clean slate after I erased all the half-truths I formerly believed about God. This time I had a hunger and desire to know God like I’d never known Him before. He began to teach me in every way possible who He had created me to be, and I began to understand His perspective. He saw me through the eyes of love.
I imagine God wearing a pair of 3-D glasses called “in Christ.” Every ...
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