I have been created to reflect the image of YHWH, my Creator.
At times I have strayed from reflecting His image in thought and deed.
During these times I have reflected an image that is not tender and kind, gracious, slow to anger, faithful and full of love.
“As he passed in front of Moses, he called out. He said, “I am the Lord, the Lord. I am the God who is tender and kind. I am gracious. I am slow to get angry. I am faithful and full of love.” (Exodus 34:6)
When I do not reflect my Creators image, I sin. Knowing and unknowingly I have committed sin, iniquity and transgressions. Like sheep I have strayed from the path of following my master.
My Great Shepherd’s abounding love gives me the opportunity to come back to Him before having to endure hardship, shame, and separation.
I must continually build boundaries, shamar; boundaries that guard and protect. I must set boundaries around me, my wife, my children, my community, and around the instructions I have been given to live by. Instructions given to me show me how to reflect my Creator’s image.
YHWH, forgive me for not reflecting your image in my thoughts and deeds. May I always heed your loving gentle prompting that reminds me to turn back towards you. May I be quick to turn from my errors and avoid the shame and separation that accompanies sin. Your word has given me this promise: when a man turns from his sin and practices righteousness his sins will be remembered no more. Ezekiel 18:21. Thank you for abounding loving kindness.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was primarily about the drastic change that comes upon us when we trust Almighty God in Yeshua. Further, it is about the constant battle that rages against us and what we must do to walk in victory. As part of his explanation, he recounts the types of behavior that should no longer have a hold on us.
“Therefore I say this – indeed, in union with the Lord I insist on it: do not live any longer as the pagans live, with their sterile ways of thinking. Their intelligence has been shrouded in darkness, and they are estranged from the life of God, because of the ignorance in them, which in turn comes from resisting God’s will. They have lost all feeling, so they have abandoned themselves to sensuality, practicing any kind of impurity and always greedy for more.”
(Ephesians 4:17-19, CJB)
“Estranged from the life of God” and “resisting God’s will.” Harboring unrepentance in your heart will cause you to be “estranged from the life of God.”
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)