I don’t know about you but I have found that often God will place me around people that “just rub me the wrong way.” It’s not that these people are just that extreme opposite but the fact that they are exactly like me. I have found the very things that have “rubbed me the wrong way” about that person is also in me. In these reflections, God has been showing me who I am.
God has been doing major surgery on me as of lately in the area of offense. I am seeing the offenses I have once held, even against family members, have come from unmet expectations that I had of them. I held them to a standard that they failed to live up to and because we are most easily hurt by the ones we love the most (family and friends) offense takes root. While I am working on my end of things and on resolving this area in my life I am seeing my reflection in others and it surprises me.
Here in those moments I have the realization of “I used to be like that?” and I thank God for the change He is working in me because now I can help others along the same path. Am I perfect at this or any area? No, far from it but I will do the best I can on my end to be the man of God He has called me to be. That starts by seeing my reflection and changing the man in the mirror. Maybe it’s just me but have you ever experienced this? Where have you seen your reflection?
(For more info on the subject of offense read John Bevere’s “The Bait of Satan;” it will change your life…it did mine)