“As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.” (Proverbs 27:19 NKJV)
We’ve all seen our reflection in the water at one time or another; if not there, we’ve used a mirror to look at our own appearance. We fix our hair, clean our faces, or work on makeup as we look at our own reflection. The reflection in water or a mirror reveals what we really look like. Now, we have cell phone cameras that do the same thing and people take selfies, revealing their faces and locations. Sometimes they use that camera as a mirror, making sure everything looks just right in a last-minute checkup. Solomon used that concept in this verse noting that just as a reflection in water reveals all of our physical beauty, and imperfections, our hearts reveal who we really are. Oh, we can fake our way through life so most people don’t realize what we really think or who we really are, but the truth is, we know who we really are and our heart reveals it to us. We usually don’t want people to know the real us, sometimes for fear that if someone really knew our hearts, they wouldn’t like us anymore. Yet God knows our hearts and still loves us. He knows our weaknesses and failures, our sins and foibles and He still loves and forgives us. Our heart reveals who we are and hard as it may be, we need to be able to forgive ourselves like God does.
Let me guess. You blew it recently. You really messed up. You over-reacted when someone wronged you. You cussed a blue streak with your little one in the car when someone cut you off, and now they’re repeating a few of those forbidden words. You got mad at a customer or a fellow employee when you shouldn’t have. It happens. You opened your heart a little so that others could see what God already knows about you. He knows it and He still loves you. Apologize where necessary and appropriate, but forgive yourself and live in God’s forgiveness, growing closer to Him each day.
Lord, too often I let others see the real me, the me that only You and I know. The me that I don’t like too much. Remind me that You love the real me that I don’t like too much. Help me to love and forgive myself like You do and love others the same way.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.