The Bible functions as a spiritual mirror; it can show us what we present to the world in a spiritual sense. It can help us discern how to better love ourselves and show us where we need to make changes by bringing into focus our behaviors.
What we know now is a dim and partial knowing of ourselves. Despite years of therapy, great self-knowledge, spiritual gifts inventories, and a vocabulary for every struggle known to humankind, we can only know ourselves in part. But while we sit with a messy and incomplete knowledge of ourselves, God knows us completely. God gives us relationships for additional perspectives. God gives us the Bible as a spiritual mirror for guidance. We can take an honest look in the mirror, take feedback from others, and look for guidance in God’s Word.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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For now we see only a reflection, as in a mirror, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
—1 Corinthians 13:12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, thank you for the gift of your Word, the Bible. Help me to always draw closer to you by reading and reflecting on the truths in scripture. Amen.
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