When we see ourselves as God sees us, we automatically start seeing others differently. I look at some people and think, “It’s in there somewhere—just keep looking, Grae.” I want to love people enough to tell them what their treasure is. I don’t want to focus on what they’re doing against me. I want to come back in the opposite spirit and say, “You know something? This is what God likes about you.”
This approach confounds people: it’s so cool to see. People come to me and say, “ I don’t like this about you, or this, or this.” I just smile, look at them, and reply: “You’re probably right, because I am less than perfect. But you know, this is what God likes about you. God loves this part of you! Let me just bless that in you, so you can get stronger.” It’s called heaping coals of fire on their head, and it’s a lot of fun. They usually leave bewildered by the conversation, but touched by the Spirit.
Some of us have had our minds so damaged by others that we simply believe we are worthless. I curse that thought in the name of Jesus: that is not God. We should each know our value and worth to the Lord. It’s not based on what we have done, but on who He is. Our doings will catch up with our being—don’t fret about that. But God loves you, right now, just as you are. He will continue to change and form you, because He is kind, generous, and in love with you.
In the Bible, God compared us with pure gold:
The precious sons of Zion,
Valuable as fine gold,
How they are regarded as clay pots,
The work of the hands of the potter!”
People see us as just another clay pot, made by a potter’s hand; but God sees us as fine gold. Sometimes we can’t see the spiritual beauty in a person because of the earthen vessel, but it is there. And whatever you see in people that is good, or speak to people that is good, rebounds on you. God judges every idle word, and blesses every precious one.
–An Excerpt from The Language of Promise
The Language of Promise is currently available as part of The Power of Positivity Pack, a collection of Graham’s teachings that are focused on learning to always be delighted in the Lord! We are the much-loved children of God! What’s not to be excited about? You can check out The Power of Positivity Pack at BrilliantBookHouse.com.