Through a glass darkly

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:11-12)

Theory

We talked about one-time transformation - when the Lord gives you a new heart and mind, and a transformation that takes a lifetime or longer - as you readjust to the new you.

When we first receive our new heart and mind, we are children. Our child mind is still impatient, full of pride, grasping, selfish, and distrustful. The Lord's plan is for us to walk in Love. Patient, humble, gracious, generous, and trusting. Notwithstanding the fact that the Lord's seed in us is incorruptible, and grows without us doing anything, for the most part, we can still choose to walk in Love - or not. Here's another way to say this. We have two ways of thinking. Rational or spiritual. The rational deals with things in the physical world, and the spiritual deals with things unseen.

One of the most difficult things we have to do is learn to love the unlovable. Every time you look in someone's eyes, you're looking at Jesus. Sometimes He is crucified, dead and buried, and sometimes He's risen - but it's Jesus nonetheless.

When we are called to love the unlovable, that does not mean we have to be friends and hang out with them. It means that we are to be patient, humble, gracious, generous, and trusting. This is evidence that God's love is flowing out of you.

Pay attention in your relationships. If you find you are impatient, prideful, grasping, selfish, or distrustful, remind yourself that you are talking to Jesus. Then get into His presence. You don't have to 'try' to be loving - it doesn't work anyway. You become loving by spending time with the Lord. By sitting in His Light. His Light and Love will fill you.

Practice

Disengage your rational mind. Get into the mind of your heart. Locate His presence. Rest in His Love. Stay there. If any thoughts distract you, look over their shoulder and relocate His presence. If you journal, write it down.

Foundation

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.