"Image Of Christ"
When transforming into a new creature in Christ, often times we ponder on trying to figure out how to reconstruct an image that depicts a reflection of Jesus's character. Some fall short trying to justify themselves with an outward appearance. Consciencely speaking, it is not the radiance of an external presentation but rather an inward expression. It's not by our own works but by the power of the Holy Spirit that configures the inner beauty of our soul. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 ( Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.) This displays the redefining process of our internal image into the "Glory of Christ". But this transformation isn't an overnight impartation, but rather a process of recreation ( Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.)
It's the Spirit within you who Christ reflection is really being shown. So the fruits of your character are the only mirror that shows the world the reflection of Jesus's image in you with such attributes as:
- Compassion: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36
-Humility: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake, he became poor so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
-Love: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:9-12
-Forgiveness: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." Matthew 18: 21-22
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
-Servant: But among you, it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves. Luke 22:27
Now that you have been transformed into the image of Christ, Be on Guard, stand firm in the faith and be courageous, be strong in the Lord (1 Corinthians 16:13).