“In hindsight everything is much clearer.” Bart Cummings
Hindsight is perfect sight, and some say a perfect science! We’ve probably all looked back on situations and thought ‘if only…’?
Sometimes I’m hard on myself, flagellating myself for how I could have done things differently so that a situation could’ve turned out better…thinking, ‘if I had only done this or that, things would have been so different’.
In those times grab onto Romans 8:28….
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom 8 v 28 (NKJV)
I love God with all my heart and I know I am called for His purposes. He can redeem my mistakes and wrongdoing for His glory! This is never an excuse to sin or to live however I wish, but ladies, the truth is we make mistakes. Some wittingly and some unwittingly. But, in God, there is redemption!
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3 v 18 (NKJV)
We all need transformation. Forgiveness is there for our past, present and future. Thankfully Jesus died for it all! The catalyst for change is what we behold. If we behold our failures, and past mistakes, that is what we will become and radiate. Like graffiti, it will be written on the face of our countenance.
If we behold God and His glory, (through His Son opening the way), we will be transformed into His image – bringing Him glory. We become what we behold! If we behold His glory, greatness, love and faithfulness, we will be encouraged and strengthened to walk this path courageously. On the other hand, if we behold our own frailty, sin, and mistakes; the ‘what ifs…’, then we will remain there, unable to move on to the place of permeating His Presence wherever we go.
Jesus was so saturated with the Presence of His Father through the Holy Spirit, that even His clothing brought healing. (Matthew 9).
As we reflect on Jesus, on the Father and His Holy Spirit, we become what we behold. As we behold Him, we become more and more like Him, we look more and more like Him, and radiate more of Him. Jesus is the radiance of Gods glory! (Hebrews 1:3)
Ladies, let your ‘reflection’ and beholding not be on your past and failures. Leave those repentantly at the foot of Jesus’s cross. Reflect rather on The Lamb who was slain, the great and Almighty One that is like no other. Look into the mirror that is Jesus and allow Him to transform! Behold Him! He is coming back for His bride, and nothing will give Him more pleasure than a bride that reflects His spotless, sinless, glory.
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