Dr. Paul Perkins

Following In The Way of Jesus

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Fun mirrors, are really not that fun. They skew the image of whatever stands in front of it. Short, tall, skinny, fat, but they never make you look better than you really are. Of course, regular mirrors may not accomplish a positive outcome either. Mirrors serve only to reveal what is, not what we wish to be. 

  • “Mirror, Mirror in the wall, whose the fairest of them all?”

Never ask a question you don’t want the answer to. The reality is always different than the dream. Yet, God knows the reality, the future that hides behind the mirror.

  • “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” 1 Corinthians 13:12.

 One of these days we will truly know the fullness of God’s love and grace. Until then we are constantly being transformed into his image, through His indwelling Spirit. Paul said,

  •  “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,” Romans 8:29

One of the ways God’s image is reflected is through the institution of marriage. One man, one woman brought together and bound by ceremony and Spirit. It is a triunion of essence in the fashion (not substance) of The Trinity. That is why God is so invested in healthy marriages, and why he admonishes us in it’s maintenance. Men love their wives like Christ loves the church. A Bride whom He has sanctified with his blood. Wives obey their husbands like the church obeys Christ, with honor and dignity. 

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The Scriptures are tough on marriage. The standard seems impossible to reach, when Jesus said that divorce can only take place in the face of sexual immorality, the disciples were astonished. They questioned whether anyone should marry. But why is the standard so high?

God’s Holiness. If Marriage is a reflection of God’s unity, then to guard its sanctity should be our utmost concern. The church should fight for its identity, it’s stability, and it’s endurance. To change its nature or structure is to look in the fun mirror and admire a warped view. That’s why, we at St. John, provide opportunities to strengthen and save marriages. We do it for you. We do it for God’s glory....I’m just saying. 

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