“It is always true to some extent that we make our images of God. It is even truer that our image of God makes us. Eventually we become like the God we image.”

Came across this Brennan Manning quote this week.

Eventually we become like the God we image. -Brennan Manning Click To Tweet

Wow.

Have I imaged a God who is demanding and become demanding?

Have I imaged a God who is critical and become critical?

Have I imaged a God who is angry and become angry?

Have I imaged a God who is impatient and become impatient?

Have I imaged a God who is unloving and become unloving?

Think, for a moment, of how you would answer each of those questions. Not in how you relate to others (although I suppose that could be an indicator, too), but in how you relate towards yourself.

Let’s face it, many of us aren’t very kind to ourselves.

We are demanding, holding unrealistic expectations of ourselves.

We are critical, beating ourselves up for our imperfections.

We are angry, chastising ourselves for our screw ups.

We are impatient, disappointed in ourselves for our lack of progress.

We are unloving, treating ourselves harshly.

If you find yourself in any of the above statements, acting unfavorably toward yourself, maybe it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate your image of God.

Manning went on to say:

“One of the most beautiful fruits of knowing the God of Jesus is a compassionate attitude towards ourselves. . . . This is why Scripture attaches such importance to knowing God. Healing our image of God heals our image of ourselves.”

Healing our image of God heals our image of ourselves. -Brennan Manning Click To Tweet

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14) Jesus came to heal our image of God. When he walked among us, he revealed what God is really like. In Jesus we find a God who is patient, a God who is kind. He is a God who is not self-seeking, a God who is not easily angered, a God who keeps no record of wrongs. He is a God who protects, a God who always hopes, a God who always perseveres in his pursuit of us. In essence, we find the image of love.

Come to know this image of God, and you might just come to love yourself.

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