18th July 2011

The Lovliness Of Our Lord

“Your beauty should be a new nature within—the imperishable ornament of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which is indeed precious in the sight of God.”
1Peter 3:4 (The NT in modern speech:  R. F. Weymouth) 

It never ceases to amaze me just how a person can transform a dull room by adding something. Like a vase of flowers on a table, or a group of pictures on a wall, or perhaps a chair reupholstered in a striking fabric. These adornments totally change the atmosphere of any room into one with warmth and light, reflecting the personality of the one living there. 

When Christ comes to live in a human being, He totally transforms that person from the inside out. His beautiful presence shines out from that individual and adds that special something, which Peter identifies in the scripture above as “a gentle and peaceful Spirit.” You know, no one will ever be impressed by what we say about Jesus unless we are allowing him to shine out from within us. Unless our lives are reflecting his loveliness and his glory which Paul reminds us that we carry about in these earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV). 

The Message Bible translates Psalm 90:17 this way:  “Let the loveliness of our Lord, our God rest on us, confirming the work we do.”  This is of course, much easier on calm and peaceful days, but we must allow it to happen even when everything is going pear-shaped. Even when the baby is crying, when we are sad or lonely, when the car has given up the ghost or even when we are stuck on the M25 and need to be somewhere on time.  But the Apostle Paul exhorts us to “hang tough” in times like these—he says, “No, in all these things we win an overwhelming victory through Him who has proved His love for us.” (Romans 8: 37 Philips Translation). 

Or as one song puts it:
“And your grace clothes me in righteousness,
And your mercy covers me in love,
Your life adorns and beautifies,
I stand complete in you.” 

Our powerful and loving Father, thank you that daily we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.

Study by Cliff Neill

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