We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
You’re not perfect, are you? Some of those imperfections are hurting those closest to you, but they’re hurting you more. Our faults and failures weigh down our spirit, and we get discouraged about ourselves and ask, “What’s wrong with me?”
God knows what’s wrong with you, and He loves you anyway. He patiently works with us as we grow in Christ. He helps us become wiser, better, stronger. He is longsuffering. Exodus 34:6 says, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.”
Numbers 14:18 declares, “The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression.” And 2 Peter 3:15 says, “Consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.”
Confess your faults to the Lord, and don’t keep beating yourself up. Let your self-image become swallowed up in the “light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Look at Him, and let Him transform you from glory to glory. He is so patient with us.
Praise Him, still the same forever, slow to chide, and swift to bless. Henry Francis Lyte
Sermon: The Sweetest Good of the Good News (2 Corinthians 3:17-4:7)