Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Consider: To us in the 21st century the verse above can seem strange. When we look in a mirror we see a perfect reflection because of the technique of silvering glass. In ancient times mirrors were made from polished obsidian and later were made from polished discs of bronze, copper or other metals. While these gave a useful reflection, they were indeed a ‘… poor reflection …’ Paul uses the words ‘mirror’ and ‘face to face’ as a contrast to get us to think about the enormous difference between the two.
Paul goes on to say ‘Now I know in part; then I shall know fully …’ While we live on earth our understanding can only be partial. Only when we get to heaven will we understand the full meaning and appreciate the significance of many of the things that have happened to us on earth.
Notice how Paul uses tenses in what he is saying. Present tense (now) is contrasted with future tense (then). While we currently know only some things, we will understand more later. However, Paul tells us that God knows us fully now. He says: ‘… even as I am fully known (v12). How does that make you feel? God knows you as well as you know yourself. In fact he knows you better and despite this he still loves you. If you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour, God sees you as a forgiven sinner (warts and all). If you haven’t as yet trusted in Christ, God sees you as a sinner in need of forgiveness.
Perhaps you have things in your life that are secret and hidden; they are known to God. Nothing is hidden from him. Despite him knowing these things about you, he still loves you and wants you to put your trust in him. It is wonderful that although God knows the human weaknesses that beset us all, he still loves us.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).
Pray: Father, we thank you that despite knowing us fully, you still want to pour out your grace us. Amen