I went to see a movie recently and one of the repeated phrases stuck with me. I am not one of those 'movie buffs' that remembers lines from a long list of favorites. But sometimes there is a rare occasion that a phrase will make it into my regular vocabulary. This just might be the case with this one. The phrase is a rather simple one...."I see you".
I know what you are thinking, "that seems like such an ordinary phrase". And it IS an ordinary phrase but not when used in context. In this movie, the phrase is used in context of two very different people "seeing" each other for who they really are. Seeing beyond the surface, looking into a person for not who you want them to be or what they once were but rather looking at a person and seeing the full potential. Looking at another person and seeing their beauty, no matter how different from your own.
We have amazing tools to help us convey love to people: our words and our actions. Our words can be used as a weapon that wounds or even kills the soul of those we are called to love. As we grow in our desire to love people like God has loved us, we will also need to grow in how we use our words and actions with others. Our words reveal what is going on in our hearts. “Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Another way of saying this is - make sure your heart is right before you speak. For in our words & actions is a power to bless or curse people. We have the ability to tear people apart and bring them down by negativity, angry and demeaning words OR we can choose to encourage hearts and build people up by words of blessing, affirmation, acceptance, and goodwill. You have the ability to create a loving atmosphere in your relationships. When love dominates our hearts our mouth will overflow with life-giving words and our hearts will lead us to give to others, just like Jesus’.
We are all created in the image of God.
When you look at others, do you see the person that you wish the other could be? Or do you see past the differences, faults, and circumstances to fully "see" the inner beauty? When we are walking in the light of the Lord, we have a sense of unity with others, clarity, lack of fear in the midst of our circumstances.
Do you evaluate your own sin before pointing out someone else's? Matthew 5:9 says 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God ' We are called to be pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, and merciful with others.
When you look at another, can you truly say, "I see you", for who God created you to be?
Here are a few verses that I found inspirational:
John 13:34 " Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
Romans 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."
Romans 12:16 "Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited."
Romans 14: 13 "Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.
Romans 15:7 "Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God."
Galatians 6:2 " Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Ephesians 4:2 "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
Ephesians 4:32 " Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Ephesians 5:21 " Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ."
1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up"
Hebrews 10:24 " And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds."
James 5:16 " Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective"
When you meet someone, do you immediately begin to form stereotypes? Do you categorize and type a person before even beginning to get beyond the surface? Do you assume the worst in people or do you give everyone the benefit of the doubt? You may be selling yourself short of what God has planned for you in the relationships with others around you. We are called to "see" one another for not only who we are but who God created us to be. Some of us are not in the place or acting as the person that God called us to be but it may only take one person to "see" you to bring you to that place. We are blessed to be a blessing to others. What blessing will you offer to those around you?