Mirror, Mirror on The Wall

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God’s Thoughts to Me

In his proud exclusivism he condescended to receive Jesus into his home, probably to engage in some ad hoc detective work to personally interrogate Him and pin Him down on His ideas and prophetic credentials (A Commentary on The Four Gospels, James Fowler).

Who’s The Greatest Debtor of Them All?

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A while ago, my husband and I watched the movie, The Huntsman; a brilliant new version of Snow White. Now, being an incurable romantic, I like my fairy tales to end with a happily-ever-after.

In this movie, Snow White was crowned as queen without a knight by her side. But, at her coronation feast, she lavished the handsome huntsman with a promising, coquettish smile. Soooooo romantic!!!

As I was pondering the parable of the two debtors, my heart was filled with gratitude towards Jesus’ love and compassion towards all the undesirables of the world.

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Jesus told the Scribes and Pharisees that prostitutes, especially those with broken jars of nard, tax collectors, murderers, etc. etc etc. and drunkards (mind you) will enter the gates of heaven long before they do. (Matthew 21:31).

Heaven is a place for the unwanted, the poor, the lame, the lepers, the harlots, the tax-collectors, the humble, the peacemakers, the sorrowful, the Samaritans and, worst of all, the despised gentiles as well!

Not a place for the self-righteous who prance around like peacocks admiring themselves in an evil magic religious mirror, looking down at the drab grey sparrows.

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When Simon, the Pharisee, invited Jesus to a meal at his house, his dislike and disdain of our dear Lord was open for all to see. He withheld even the common courtesy of washing His feet!

When the party was well under way, one of those undesirables, an uninvited immoral woman, violated their customs by gate crashing the party. She was a prostitute whose reputation for harlotry was well-known; a fact accentuated by her loose, flowing hair.

We all know of her sweet smelling offering when she washed His feet with her tears, dried it with her hair and annointed Him afterwards with her expensive nard oil.

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And Simon was horrified that someone claiming to be a prophet could allow himself to be touched and soiled by such scum of the earth. And it hurts … it hurts very much! I know that so well.

He is an excellent example of how repulsed loveless, merciless religion is towards notorious sinners like this woman.

Then, and how I love this part, Jesus told Simon the story of the two debtors. He knew Simon’s heart and wanted to know who would love the lender the most after their debt was forgiven because none could pay back the money they owed.

Was it the one owing 50 denari or the one owing 500? Simon’s greedy, materialistic mindset of course, presumed that it would definitely be the one who owed the lender the most.

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I can almost hear our Lord Jesus asking Simon,”Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the greatest debtor of them all?”. I think Simon needed a few mirrors to accommodate all his self-righteousness.

Was it the white washed tombs of religious hearts who meassured a person’s worth by a bunch of external religious rules, but were blind to their own subtler sins of pride and hypocrisy? Keep in mind that our Lord called them the children of their father, the devil.

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Was it the one who looked down his nose at our Lord Jesus and treated Him with contempt, or was it the sorrow-filled sinner who humbly, with a repentant heart knew how much she needed this Divine Forgiver?

Was it the one who was appalled at Jesus’ audacity to think He could forgive sins, but failed to appreciate his own need of a Savior?

Or was it the despised one who was heartbroken about her sinfulness that she didn’t dare even taking a peak into the murky soiled mirror of her heart?

Did her gratefulness to the sinless One enable her to humbly accept the redemption and forgiveness our Lord offered her as a free gift of grace?

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I always considered the woman to be the one forgiven the most, but that was at the time while I was still thinking with a religious mindset and from a human point of view.

After all, sexual sins were nearly at the top of my sins-to-avoid-at-all-cost list. I used to have a very long unwritten one. But not any more!!

I remember the time when my family and I were in a similar position as this woman and were treated with the same contempt by some modern day Pharisees.

My oldest son and a pastors’s daughter fell in love. It was at the time when the congregation was doing the Ancient Paths course.

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At that stage I was very, very ill and under the impression that it was caused by demons. After my doctor’s diagnosis of that between-the-ears disease, I believed them. And so did my husband.

I went for deliverance after deliverance, made a spectacle of myself in the process and eventually started drinking to ease the physical, emotional and spiritual pain.

Ancient Paths teaches that the sins-of-the-fathers thing never misses a generation! Suffice to say, my son was considered to be the next heir to that painful between-the-ears illness, as well as a drunkard in the making.

He was considered not good enough for that sweet girl and both their hearts were broken as a result.

I just pray that Pappa will do a mighty work of healing in both their hearts and enable them to forgive completely.

My Son, Simon

My Son, Simon

Today I have the joy of knowing that my child loves His Pappa with a fierce love, way above most other young men of his age.

I have the blessed assurance that my sweetheart is living daily in his Pappa’s Loving Embrace!

Much love xx

Mia

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34 thoughts on “Mirror, Mirror on The Wall

    • Dear Emily
      Jesus did come to seek and save the lost, those who know full well how sinful they are. Hraven’s door is always open for everyone, but so few truly know the simplicity of just stepping into Him who is Life.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

    • Thank you for visiting and your encouraging words. Oh, I think my sons are the cutest guys ever. This is a good mother heart that feels this way. Simon is a keen surfer.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

  1. nice work Mia – I like how your reflection and meditation draws in aspects of modern media. You work through some tough issues towards redemption. Tough and authentic writing Mia.

    • Dear Ollie
      I just love a good movie and can get totally drawn into a good story. Thank you for your kind words and your visit. Yes, these are tough things that need to be addressed.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

    • Dear Wanda
      Yes He did warn us that many will come that day telling the Lord of all the important, mighty things they did for Him and then He will tell them that He did not know them. Eternal life is to intimately know Him.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

    • Dear Rachel
      Oh yes, dear one, He is so mighty to save and mend all those broken places. Best of all He enabled us to forgive completely for they truly didn’t know what they were doing.
      Blessings and love
      Mis

  2. So thankful God has been faithful to you on this journey. He certainly is with the broken-hearted, those who are suffering and need him in desperate ways. The proud hard hold what they will have and the humble receive more than than they can dream. God is faithful.

    • Dear Dea
      Oh yes, dear one, He certainly bind-up the broken hearted and set the captives free. I am so grateful for His goodness and grace.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

  3. Oh Mia, the tears are flowing as I read this. I’m so sorry for the hurt that you and your family experienced. We inflict so much pain on each other. {as each one of us has at least a few peacock feathers sticking out from somewhere} I’m so thankful that the shed blood of Christ covers us with His undeserved righteousness. I rejoice to hear that your son is a lover of God! That must bless the socks right off your feet! I love your heart for God…
    Blessings and love ~ Mary

    • Dear Mary
      Thank you for your loving heart. You are always such a blessing. Yes, dear one, we should ask our Pappa to pluck out all those stubborn peacock feathers. Yes, it brings me so much joy to know that both my sons love their Heavenly Pappa.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

  4. What a powerful message you have shared here today, Mia! My heart aches when I think of all that your family has suffered because of Christians with peacock attitudes. It causes me to reel in and consider how many times have I been guilty of doing the same to those who really needed evidences of His grace and love from me. I’m so grateful that both you and your son are on the other side of all this now. Thank you for your honesty and openness in the tender way you shared here today.

    I have noticed during my visit here to your blog today that you and I have another common denominator in our lives. As we are both Christians, we also share an ailment. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2004. I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

    • Dear Dianna
      I am so sorry to hear you are also suffering from Fibro! That is a difficult one like I am sure you know. Yes, dear friend, we need to daily ask for grace to let the Light of our Lord shine through us. We should be so careful with our words. It is so easy to break down instead of building up.
      I would love getting to know you too.
      Blessings and love’
      Mia

    • Dear Jerralea
      Both my sons has seen through the years how good and wonderful their Pappa is through always supplying in all or needs.It brings me so much joy to know they love their Heavenly Father and walk with Him. Thanks for your visit.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

  5. My heart breaks for yours and the legalists that do more harm than good for the kingdom of our Father… but I truly believe He prepared you and your entire family for what they would need in upcoming seasons of life. Nothing is for nothing… It all has purpose… your wisdom proves that.

    By the way, Simon’s a stud!!! How proud you must be! God bless you and yours, Mia. Thanks for sharing your heart and wisdom… it all has purpose. Nothing is for nothing…

    • Dear Floyd
      Thank you, dear friend. I firmly believe our Pappa takes everything that happens to us and use it for our good and His glory. And He promised us that He will never allow us to go through anything without supplying all the grace we need. In this case He supplied so much and more. The best is that He enabled us to forgive totally.
      Much love and blessings
      Mia

  6. How sad to read your struggles with this long term diagnosis that some told you was all in your mind. Your honesty and openness inspire me. How sad for your son at the time and praising God for his faith today. We all are in the need for forgiveness and this post certainly reminds me of my quick judgment and sharp tongue. Forgive me Lord…

    • Dear Jean
      Our Pappa brought so much good out of my illness that I do not really mind. We all have crosses to carry and we know who carries it with us. I am also so grateful for His forgiveness as we come to Him with a repentant heart.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

  7. Wow, Mia. You have a gift of writing, and the gift of beautifully displaying your theme! My heart hurt for you as I read the challenges your family faced. We expect our church family to receive us with open arms! How sad you went through that, but how glorious to come out of it victoriously. Our God is Sovereign!!! I love your passion for the Lord. Keep writing, Sister! Thank you so much for linking up on my Wednesday Link up, I’m delighted that you post there!

    • Dear Juana
      I was glad when I found your linky place! Thank you for your kind words. Our Pappa always use even our pain for our good and for His glory. Yes, He certainly is Sovereign and always supply all the grace that we need.
      Much love to you
      Mia

  8. The Lord is molding my heart with this same message through the pulpit. I am praying for a softening and a molding as I walk in His love for all. Thanks so much, Mia! Blessings to you, Love Rachael

    • Dear Rachael
      I am glad you are encouraged by this post. He surely will fill our hearts with His love for those along our paths everyday.
      Love and blessings
      Mia

  9. While reading this, the song, “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” is running through my mind. So grateful that He takes us, that He befriends and loves us.

  10. Your story makes me want to cry at the ways we can hurt each other but I’m glad that in the end it has a happy ending and that your son–and you!–know that fierce love for our Savior.

    The image of the peacock will stick with me. What a visual of how proud we can be of our knowledge, our doctrines, our goodness. May we lay it all down at his feet and repent, accepting his grace instead.

    • Dear Lisa
      Oh, my friend, I cannot agree more. We should be commended by the world for the way we love one another, but when you look at what is happening in the place of the unity in the Spirit, it comes as no surprise that the outsiders are not interested.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

  11. “Living daily in His loving embrace” I love your heart for God, Mia. It is always a pleasure to connect with you. Your words always inspire. And I loved getting to the end where you share that your son is living daily in His loving embrace. Oh how I pray this for me two boys because there is no better place to be. Blessings to you.
    Beth

    • Dear Beth
      Thank you for your kind words, dear one. Yes, it brings me so much joy to know that my sons love their Pappa and walk with Him. Praying for yours too!!
      Blessings and love
      Mia

  12. I’m linking up with you over at Wednesday’s Word with Janis Cox. Your post was brilliant in the comparisons and touching the heart, mine, in what you shared about you and God. We have a God who is so merciful and compassionate. His compassions they fail not!!

    Have a wonderful day!!

    • Dear Judith
      Oh, we don’t have an idea how great, deep and wide His love and compassion are. We can only ask Him to enable us to experience His love for us.
      Blessings and love
      Mia

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