And since I last checked, nothing has changed, I am human.
When accepting Christ as our Savior, we are given The Holy Spirit. We are His Temple here on earth, The Church. He comes into us, settles right in from the top of our head to the tips of our toes. He makes Himself very much at home in our souls, hearts, and minds. We look at ABBA as a gentle, kind, loving God, which He is, but there is another side to Him we often overlook. Although He isn't pushy, allows us to make our own choices, He is a very jealous God. The Holy Spirit, Christ, and God are all a part of the Trinity. Three in one.
And being filled with the Holy Spirit means just that.
He wants to fill you up.
He is jealous when we hold onto, bring into ourselves the idols of "self" and the world. He is broken hearted when we choose sin over Him, yet He never, ever stops loving us - unconditionally. He doesn't go off in a corner and pout until He gets His way, as we often do. He stands firm, loving us more and more into Him. The only time He will leave us- is if we tell Him to. If we choose to harden our hearts completely towards Him. If we denounce Him. And even then He is there, waiting on the sidelines, in case we invite Him back again.
My prayers often include becoming more and more Christlike. For me to disappear and persons when seeing me - see our Savior instead. I pray His light will shine through me to reach others.
These scriptures have caused me to realize, I haven't been praying for myself to see "me" as He does. To love "me", accept "me" as He does.
I am thankful for those In Him whom "The Spirit put them on their feet and led them to the inside courtyard" before Him". His family. My family. I am thankful to receive the encouragement which comes from my family "in" Him. The hope and examples of His great love from the many He has surrounded me with.
I now pray that each time I look into the mirror, I will HAVE to put on His sunglasses due to the brightness of His Light. To not only look upon my "self", but also others, as a child looks out into the world. A child looks at life without the lies and hindrances of the world distorting their view. They look upon life in wonderment. in delight. in excitement. in the purest love there is. They look at life through the eyes of our ABBA and see only beauty.
"Oh! the bright Glory of God filled the Temple!"
Banishing all darkness from within me.