God's View of Mankind
Friday, August 13, 2010 at 10:20pm
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.
three elements of God's perspective
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.
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
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
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
Adapted from a daily devotional by
Charles Stanley's Insight for Living
beyond proof is faith. Belief in spite of proof is folly.
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