1. What do you think of when you hear the word mirror?
When people see a mirror their first instinct is to see how they look. A mirror shows you your reflection, it shows you if you’re dirty or clean and it reflects what you really look like. Whenever we read the Bible we should reflect and see how we look, how we’re doing in our walk, if we’re dirty or clean etc. There’s been many times when I feel like I’m doing so great in my walk and then God reminds me that there are some areas that I need to improve. It’s not about what we see when we look in the mirror, but what does God see? (Proverbs 16:2- We can always “prove” that we are right, but is the Lord convinced?) We can convince ourselves that we look good and are good people, but does God agree?
1 Samuel 16:1-13
The rich young man thought he was a good person, because he followed the commandments but he couldn’t even give his money to the poor. (Proverbs 21:2- We can justify our every deed, but God looks at our motives.) God loved us so much that He GAVE. Do you give to others without expecting something in return? That’s what God did, He gave us His Son even though He knew that people would still reject Him, that people still wouldn’t give up their life for Him. How often do you do a heart check, a self evaluation which is looking at your progress, development and learning to determine what has improved and what areas still need improvement.
2. How have you improved since giving your life to Christ? What areas do you still need to improve?
(Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.) When we read the Bible, it’s like looking into a mirror. Sometimes you read something and feel convicted because it’s exposing the bad things in your life that God doesn’t like. Conviction is a good thing though, we should be happy when something convicts us because it lets us know what we need to do to please God and also reassures us that there’s still more in our lives that we need to improve.
3. What’s the difference between conviction and condemnation?
Conviction is supposed to lead to holiness and condemnation leads to guilt and eventually brings you away from God. The devil tries to guilt trip you into believing that you’re a horrible person, you’re going to hell and God can’t use you because you’ve sinned. He wants to condemn you to hell because that’s his fate and he wants it to be yours too. (John 3:17- God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.)
Sometimes when I reflect on how far God has brought me it makes me emotional. I look back at the old me and don’t even recognize who I was. The devil will always try to remind you of your past, but your past no longer defines you, you’re a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17- When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!) I saw a tweet that said “The Bible really has become my mirror. If what I’m hearing about myself doesn’t match what God’s Word says, it’s a lie.” and there’s so much truth in that.
4. Check out the video below. What did y’all think about that? What stood out to you?
Jesus is the greatest role model and as a Christian we should be reflecting Him. (1 Peter 2:1-3- So get rid of your feelings of hatred. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with dishonesty and jealousy and talking about others behind their backs. Now that you realize how kind the Lord has been to you, put away all evil, deception, envy, and fraud. Long to grow up into the fullness of your salvation; cry for this as a baby cries for his milk.)
How you treat people is a reflection of you.
This is just a reminder that we are not as good as we think we are and that there will always be room for improvement. We need to examine ourselves, make sure that we’re reflecting Christ and He is pleased with our life.
5. What did you learn from today’s lesson? What stood out to you?