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God's View of Mankind
Friday, August 13, 2010 at 10:20pm

Read | Hebrews 2:6-18

To understand the purposes and ways of the Lord, we need to comprehend His perspective of mankind. So often, we rely on our human viewpoint instead of trying to see ourselves through His eyes. All that He does on earth is guided by His care and love for the human race. Consider three elements of God's perspective of humanity:

  1. Created in God's image. Of all the creatures that the Lord fashioned, only the man and woman were made in His image. They had a mind, will, and emotions as well as a spirit, which enabled them to worship and relate to God. Being sinless and perfect, they were destined to live forever in intimate relationship with their Creator.

  2. Corrupted by Sin. But an act of disobedience broke their relationship with the Lord. The divine image was marred by sin, which infiltrated human nature and corrupted every person born thereafter. Mankind stood spiritually dead, without hope, and condemned before a holy God.

  3. Worthy of Redemption. Yet the Lord considered them worthy of restoration. Through the redemptive work of His Son, all who believe in Jesus are made spiritually alive again, and the broken relationship between God and man is reconciled. One day—in heaven—sin will be no more, and a perfect environment will be reinstated.

Amidst life's pace and trials, we easily lose sight of divine viewpoint. When we're overwhelmed by criticism, trouble, or suffering, it's vital to recognize our worth in the Lord's eyes. That realization can energize our service and renew our love for the One who gave Himself to bring us back to God.

Source: Adapted from a daily devotional by Charles Stanley's Insight for Living


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