Genesis 1:26 reminds us that we were created in the image of the Godhead. Meaning that, on Earth, we were designed to be the picture, the reflection, the representation of the Divine in the Heavens. The way we think, the way we feel, the way we relate, and the way we see is supposed to resemble that of our Heavenly Father. That is the expectation. That is the mandate. That is the plan. For these hold to the profession that we are followers of Christ, part of our nature, (especially now that we’ve been made new creatures according to 2 Corinthians 5:17). Our thoughts, actions, observations should, therefore, look like God. As we are recognizing February as the ‘Celebration of Love’, we must also see through the eyes of love for God is love (1 John 4:8).
The eyes of Love reflect the heart of God. According to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” It goes on to say that “love lasts forever.” The Bible also tells us that love covers, love forgives, and love sees beyond to seek the best. Perfect love casts out fear. The picture that the Word paints of love and the One who is Love is one that brings with Him peace, joy, strength, and redemption. Looking through the eyes of love forces you to see passed circumstance, look beyond flaws, and encourages us to help others to see and connect to that kind of love.
This month, we also celebrate 36 years of ministry and service. Our goal has been to reflect this picture of Love. We have not always met the mark, but we strive for it daily. Following the example of our leaders, we have loved those whom others have deemed unlovable, have embraced those whom others have rejected, and have cared for those who can’t care for themselves. This is the heart of who we are, as individuals, and as a ministry. It is the foundation of our vision. Too, it is how we choose to see those we meet and those who come through our doors. With the eyes of love, we choose to see. With the heart of God, we choose to connect with His people and connect people to Him. It is our prayer that we continue to press toward this mark.
Father, help us to see through Your eyes, the eyes of Love, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.