13th February 2019

A Rough Diamond

They shall be Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts, On the day that I make them My jewels, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.’”
Malachi 3:17 (NKJV)

‘Ah yes, but he’s a rough diamond!’ This comment was made about someone I knew, and I concurred with the finding. However, upon reflection, I realised that we had both made a judgement—as a Christian I should have known better. The remark stirred me to investigate the dictionary definition. The Cambridge Dictionary definition of ‘a rough diamond’ states: “a person who is kinder and more pleasant than they seem to be from their appearance and manner.”[1]

Apart from learning to beware of judging, the experience led me to consider how God considers us as His children—are we rough diamonds? There are days when I have let down through sin and selfishness, and have felt spiritually very rough and far removed from my heavenly Father. Does He then consider me a rough diamond? The answer is in His word:

God looks on us as His jewels. In Malachi 3:17 God uses the possessive pronoun ‘my’ – we are His precious jewels. God actually sings over us. He delights in us! Read in Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” The cares of life and our own human nature deludes us as to how God feels about us. We are not ‘rough diamonds,’ but thanks to our Saviour Jesus Christ, we are His precious children.

Don’t be devalued by this world or our own thoughts—remember what the author of Hebrews exhorts us to do: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). To God we shine and sparkle like precious jewels, bathed in the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Father, we thank you for your wonderful love and mercy – thank you for Jesus who has made it possible for us to be your beloved children.

Study by Irene Wilson


About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

[1] https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/rough-diamond


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