A friend and I had both been learning independently from God the truths about His light and love. We’d been sharing with one another what we’d been reading. The lessons we’d been learning had both excited us and blessed us and gave us a new understanding of what our Father wanted for us, all of us, in our lives. So much so, that we felt we wanted to share with each other and with others around us what we had discovered. And then my friend revealed to me a truth that God had shown him. He had been worried that he was too concerned with himself and that he didn’t love others enough or that he didn’t do enough for others. The fact that he was concerned about this proved to me that God was already working on him but he was unaware of this.
God showed him a mirror that was within himself. God told my friend that the mirror was facing inwards and that was why he was more concerned with his own problems. God told him to turn the mirror outwards so that His love and light maybe reflected outwards to those who needed it. My friend was ecstatic about this. He knew that it wouldn’t be easy but he had been shown what to do and was going to work hard at it.
I liked what I had been told and thought about it. Something else then occurred to me. Often people think badly of others or expect others to react in a certain fashion because that is what they think of themselves or how their general expectations operated. The mirror within themselves was facing inward and they could only see their own reflection. I had often thought that people in general expected others to react in the same way that they do but here it was suddenly explained clearly to me. This proved that my general theory had been correct.
I had never thought of an internal mirror before and now things were suddenly made clearer. And, likewise, those who have a good feeling about themselves generally have a good feeling about other people too. How much better it would be for those people to turn their ‘mirror’ outward so that the love within is reflected towards other people. Is it possible, also, that a mirror turned outward would pick up ‘love’ reflections from other people too? Obviously this would be the case, otherwise there would be no point in turning our mirror outwards. There is something else to consider though. With our mirrors turned outward and God’s love reflecting towards others, it would also mean that our lives would be on show for others to see.
Something turned inward is hidden, turned outward is on display. There are various passages in the bible illustrating this and it is important that we don’t ‘gloss’ over these passages when trying to show others about the love of God. (2 Thess 3:9; Phil 3:17; 1 Tim 4:15 just to name a few).
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