Seeing with Eyes of Love

Seeing with Eyes of Love

One of my three cats has a coat coloring called tortoiseshell, or tortie for short, which is a black version of calico.  Although torties’ coats can contain many colors, my cat is primarily black with a few streaks of flesh-colored brown.  Upon first meeting her, she can give the appearance of having been a burn victim.  She has unusually large eyes (we’ve been asked if one of her parents was an owl), and her extra-long front teeth tend to hang out from her mouth like fangs.  These traits combine to make her a very unique-looking cat.

When she first came to be ours, I noticed these peculiarities.  Over time I have come to know her sweet and loving personality.  Now when I look at her I see a truly beautiful cat.  It startles me when someone meets her for the first time and remarks on her appearance, because I honestly see her as lovely.  I look at her with my eyes of love and see only beauty there.

It recently occurred to me that this must be how God sees me.  When I examine myself, I see mistakes and missteps - all those times I said or did the wrong thing.   However, God sees me through love-colored glasses.  To Him I must glow with the light of Jesus who lives inside of me, making me appear as lovable and innocent as Jesus did.  I’m not an emotional person, but this thought truly touches my heart.

…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19 (NKJV)

I am so grateful that Jesus came into the world; that He suffered and died for our sin; and He rose again on the third day to take His place at the right hand of God.  He did all this because He loves each one of us with a love that passes all understanding.  Thank you Lord for seeing me with Your eyes of love!