The “Window to the Soul” is Through the Eyes of Jesus Christ
Isaiah 53 3He was despised and rejectedb by men;a man of sorrows,c and acquainted withd grief;e
and as one from whom men hide their facesfÂ he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
How did Jesus do it? How did he see past the masks to see our brokenness in the context of our soul’s deepest needs? “Man looks at outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)Â Is that our problem? We never get past the surface of what we think we know and see in others. Certainly that seems to be the case in my son’s circumstances. To turn the page on suicide we must retrain ourÂ eyes to look deeperÂ than theÂ surface, but how? . . . The only what is through the eyes of Jesus.
1. Jesus was totally in tune with the will of his father.
2. He broke the bondage of the sinful desires through preparationÂ (prayer fasting, meditating on scripture, and testing).
3. He listened for the Holy Spirit to guide him in seeing the whole context of the person.
4. He acted quickly, yet methodically, and perfectly to each and every encounter with men and women.
So while cultivation of disciples can take several years, changing someone’s life can happen in a moment encounter! You don’t have to be deeply invested and know everything about a person, or even be their friend, to truly see the depth of who they are and their need. Many of Jesus’s encounters were with strangers that are never given a name in scripture.Â We simply need to abide in Jesus and act on his calling.Â When I know and trust the character of the Trinity I see more clearly the souls around me and not my unclear and shallow prejudices of outward appearances.
The context of the Scriptures is spot on. Oh yes, we do seem to think only of what the world thinks. It is an insane world that makes people insane. We idolize.. We look for immediate gratification. We look outside. Doing all of this, the answers have always been inside. Through the depression, for which I am thankful, I learned what compassion was. Only through compassion and thinking about the other can we angst our own pain. Henri Nouveau’s book, The Wounded Healer is very clear about the context of the ultimate healer is spiritual and that example being JC.
And we speed through, passing up moments to engage. We are good with a quick ‘hi, how are you.’ But, are unprepared for the deeper answer of doubts and fears. The world rejects soul truth as inconvenient. I hope that more and more I will see everyone that I come in contact with the way Jesus sees them. I’ll take a look at The Wounded Healer. I haven’t read it. Thank you so much for sharing.
Not a problem. When we have a need for speed, we need to do the exact opposite. That would be to slow down. Sometimes, I sit at the coffee house. I will watch people, paying attention to the eyes. The eyes do not lie. They lead to the soul. When you look into the eyes, I can tell who is lying, who is hurting, and so forth. It becomes kind of intuitive and gets me away from my own internal hell.
Amen! My friend, today said that she could see my pain behind my smile and laughter. It is such a relief to just be broken and real. Ironically in a coffee shop. 😉
Really, that is kind of interesting. Praise the Lord