We gaze into the mirror every morning. The reflection may reveal unpleasant wrinkles and aging, yet this doesn’t keep us from our next appointment with the mirror.

The law of God is like a mirror. It simply reveals the truth that we are sinners. No more, no less. God wants us to see ourselves as he sees us. For example, when we look into the mirror – the law of God – we might hear the command “Do not lie”, and we see that we are liars.

His law reveals the knowledge of our sins and declares that no one is justified in his sight (Romans 3:19-20). Unlike the mirror in our bathroom, this often frightens us, and so we run away from it.

Thankfully, the Holy Spirit brings us back to God’s mirror. He knows this is our tutor to lead us to Jesus. Believer, the law of God has been your friend. It opened the passage to the narrow path, bringing you to the cross of your Savior where your sins were paid in full.

And you who attempt to be justified by solely keeping the Ten Commandments? Understand that whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of all (James 2:10) unless they accept Jesus as their Savior.

Pick up the mirror of God. What do you see in the reflection? Don’t be afraid, only repent. Jesus will not turn you away. He’s waiting for you.

Thank you, merciful Lord, for showing us what we didn’t want to see. This was your power and grace at work in our hearts! Thank you for revealing Jesus, our Savior who forgives undeserving sinners. Amen.

Go Deeper – Look in the mirror. What do you see first, your flaws or your good points? What do you think God sees first when he looks into your soul? With Jesus in your life, you can be sure he sees Christ’s goodness.

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