As Rich was taken back by the vastness of the lake on that rickety, brown bridge, he peered over into the water. He and his wife Carol could see their reflections rippling on the surface. Their reflected faces looked distorted, and at times almost unrecognizable.
Rich joked, “What if I looked like this all the time?”
“I would still love you.”
Carol’s words resounded loud in his ear. He knew he would remember them. It was a pivotal moment in their marriage.
When I think about how much God loves me and how much I am so undeserving of it, I marvel. I think of the love my wife gives me at times even when I am not deserving of it. Like Carol expressed to Rich, sometimes my attitude or my actions in my marriage don’t always reflect Jesus. (I’m just being honest.) I am not measuring on a human scale and perhaps in other people’s eyes it may not be a big deal. But when I think of how God gave us an example, a true reflection of His love for us by our spouses. I stand in awe.
Lord you’re so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so patient with people who fail you. Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness
~ Psalms 103:8-9) TPT
The above verse always gives me goosebumps. I don’t know how it is in your household but I am amazed when God works through our loved ones to show us His reflection. No matter what I may look like or act like in the moment, she chooses to see me with loving eyes. Yes, she sees my distorted attitude or hears my snappy retort. But she still chooses to love me.
What is more amazing than that, Jesus sees our distorted attitude and sinful ways and He still chooses to love us. No, he does not enjoy our ways in the moment but His love for us is unconditional. Paul reminds us, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children and walk in love just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” (Ephesians 5:1,2).Jesus sees our distorted attitude and sinful ways and He still chooses to love us. #VineWords #Thereflection #CharlesEMaldon Click To Tweet
Jesus challenges us to reflect Him in our daily walk, especially in marriages. This is not always easy to do. It requires us to see beyond the surface or beyond what it appears to be. Look beyond the ripples of pain and hurt. Jesus is able to look beyond the distortion and see with purposed eyes. How about you? He wants us to reflect His love so others can see the vastness of Him.
Where is an area where you may not be reflecting Christ in your marriage? Write it down and discuss with your spouse.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the reflection of Your love through others. Help me to see those areas underneath the surface that cry for Your attention. Thank You for Your patience with me even when what You see may not reflect Your true image.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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Genre: The story at the beginning was fictional.
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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.
Charles E. Maldon Jr., is an ordained reverend, speaker, writer, and mentor. However, the title he is most proud of is a servant of Christ. His mission in life is to encourage others to know their true value by developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Lord continues to mold him, Charles uses his colorful life experiences, both “good and bad”, as real-life ministry tools. He believes there are treasures to be found in every trial – perspective is everything.
The crux of his writing is to bring others to freedom through authentic transparency. In addition to his writing, Maldon is the establisher of Naked But Not Ashamed Ministries which focuses on helping the family, especially men, be all that Christ created them to be. He enjoys helping men to fulfill there calling in life, relationships and manhood.
He is currently in the process of revising his book, In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage. He is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and recently has joined Word Weavers. He also blogs on his ministry page Naked But Not Ashamed where his hope is that he touches someone with the love of Jesus where they are through his writing. He is a devotion/article writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage, with the goal of helping men improve their marriages.
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