My Reflection in the Mirror
Background Story: Paul wrote the book of Romans to teach the church of Rome about the truths of living this Christian life.
Read Romans 8:31-39
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Big Idea: The love of God brings safety and security.
You can trust in God’s love for you. It never changes. His love for you is a safe place that is not dependent on your circumstance or performance. Don’t believe me? The Bible says that, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Every morning when you wake up, God’s love is available and waiting. How does God’s love change us? God’s love changes the way we view ourselves. Different relationships will come into our lives that bring good and bad outcomes. It’s easy to see ourselves through the reflection of how our parents, friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, boss, or others feel about us. The problem is that people are fickle and unstable. Today a “friend” might think you’re great and tomorrow they might feel differently. How can we be secure in ourselves when people’s opinions of us are always changing?
Stability and security come when we see ourselves in the reflection of Christ’s love for us which never changes. In His mirror, He says you are loved. He says you are chosen. He says you are seen. He says you were created for a purpose. He says you are of value. He longs for relationship with you. Thank God today for His unfailing love. Ask Him to give you a fresh perspective and to help you shake off the need of approval from people.