Back or Face – It’s your Choice

look into my eyesI can remember vividly the very day when I fell in love with my then girl friend, Jan, who is now my wonderful bride of 27+ years. We were by the refrigerator in the house I was sharing with three other guys. I looked into her eyes and was hooked. To this day, I still feel tremendous joy looking into her loving and accepting eyes.
Now all those who are married will totally get what I’m about to say. There are times when you or your spouse does or says something that hurts. The last thing you want to do is to look into their eyes. What you want to do is to turn your back and either walk out of the room or roll over on your side of the bed. It’s a terrible feeling to be together and separate at the same time!
The moment we put our faith in what Jesus did for us, we became secure children of God. At that point, Jesus will never turn His back on us! His face will always be toward us. His eyes full of love and acceptance are always looking at us.
The question is, “Why would we let those loving eyes stare at the back of our head?” His love is unconditional (see Monday’s post), which means no matter how much we hurt or disappoint Him, we can look into His loving eyes. If only we would keep facing Him!
Don’t let your screw ups give you a double dip of pain – pain from messing up and pain from turning your back on the One whose hands are only reaching out to give you a hand up. You don’t have to put your head down! Get up and look straight into those loving and accepting eyes again. Let Him exchange your feeling of shame with significance and disgust with love.
When you fail, you choose what Jesus will see – your back or your face. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true: Jesus wants to look into your eyes and heal you. Let Him.
Jesus, our High Priest, is praying this for you and for me: “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).
“S”et Free N“O”www

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