Psalm 139:1, 4-5, 13-14, "O Lord, You have searched me and known
me!....Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it
altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay Your hand upon
me.....For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my
mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully
The Psalmist has given me a picture of who I am in Christ! The question
is if I see myself in the mirror as such? How do we discern that?
1 Corinthians 2:11-12, "For who knows a person's thoughts except the
spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the
thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the
spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might
understand the things freely given us by God."
It is strange to me that Jesus loves and yet He says we cannot be His
disciples if we don't hate pretty much everyone including ourselves, or
suffer in carrying a cross, or renounce all our possessions??? What does
In my heart, I know He means God above all else: father, mother, wife,
children, brothers, sisters, oneself and all possessions...He is above
There are a lot of people who love others above themselves. Are they
disciples of Jesus Christ? Not necessarily.......why not?
Matthew 22: 36-39, "“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
And He (Jesus) said to him (Pharisee), “You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This
is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall
love your neighbor as yourself."
Why is there a first and a second? Because I cannot reverse the orders.
The first is the pre-requisite for the second. Just as you cannot take
Math II before Math I because you need the foundation and knowledge of
Math I for Math II.
I would not know how to love others if I don't love God first. And if I
love others above God, that is idolatry :-(
Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all? Jesus! Jesus!
Jesus! Let me see You in my mirror! Let others see You in me! Amen!
Fairest Lord Jesus by Amy Grant
Thanks again Salina...let's keep God first in our lives so we will
not be out of order or in disorder!
Wonderful devotion today, thank you Amy. Dear Lord, show yourself
to me today and let me know that you are truly with me, lifting me up so
that I can move forward, giving me the strength to keep going through
these hard trials that I'm going through at this present time. You know
my inner self, please help me to see and understand who I am and who I am
Thank you. I am reminded to look within myself when I am tempted to
pass judgement on others. Their "flaws" mirror my own. God reveals my
weaknesses as I am ready, and I slowly chip away at them. A life long
Thanks SE...I've been ruminating and praying about that alot
Amy, thank you for the very powerful and prayerful reflection
Who am I Lord, who am I? You are my child, you are mine says the
Lord. Thank you God.
Thought provoking reflection that reminds me of Saint Mother
Theresa who would encourage us to look for the face of Jesus in others
especially the poor, the lonely and the ill. Pray for us St. Mother
What a splendid day it has been EM...St. Teresa of Calcutta (now
Kolkata)...and to boot, tomorrow is her feastday!