“For I see your face as one sees the face of God.” (Genesis 33: 10, New Life Version)
Two brothers, Jacob and Esau, were estranged for years, bitterness and anger keeping them far apart. Jacob had an awakening and was led to go back home and to see his brother. He was afraid, fully expecting violence and hatred.
But Esau must have had an awakening as well, for when he saw Jacob from afar, he ran to him and embraced him. Jacob was full of gratitude and joy. This love, this forgiving, cherishing, gracious affection from Esau, was like seeing the face of God. It was knowing the true peace that comes of unconditional acceptance, mercy, and comfort.
What would it feel like if we could be seen that way? Well, it may begin with seeing others in that light. We can recognize that our wise and wonderful God perfectly and intentionally designed each individual who we look upon. And let’s remember that the deep love and understanding we may seek, is already in the face of God, looking at us, seeing who we truly are and not what our past behaviors may have presented.
Let’s rejoice that God is in His ideas, you and all. His divine countenance is full of grace and acceptance. He sees us truly and embraces us fully and without reservation. This love is ours. Receive it completely and reflect it naturally, looking into the face of our brothers and sisters and seeing the face of God, of pure Love.
Esau and Jacob Embracing, Painting by Robert T. Barrett
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