2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
“That’s just the way I am! If you love me, you’ll accept me this way!” Basically, Athena is stomping her little foot, folding her arms tight around her self and standing firm with a “humph” saying to her Abba – I DON’T WANT YOU TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO OR HOW TO LIVE. I want to live my life MY way! O how I just break my Abba’s heart.
Yes, the Father sent Jesus to die in my place for my sins even before I was born. While I was far from Him and His enemy, He loved me still and made a way for me to be with Him. I didn’t have to change before He loved me. But once I accepted Him and received His love – it should change me. Surrendering to His unmerited love should result in His presence in my life, His holiness, His character – He should be a reflection in my life. When I gaze into this spiritual mirror, do I see His face shining back? I confess today – I do not.
So what now? I confess my willfulness, pride and rebellion before Him. I accept His forgivenss and pray for the power of His Holy Spirit moving forward in sanctification. I am not perfect, but HE is and HE will perfect me in Him.
James 1:23–25 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.