Sunday, January 5, 2014

What Does Your Face Say?

Sometimes I wonder what mine says.  My mother, bless her heart, had a very stern countenance and I am afraid that I might have inherited it.  Just a little while ago it was brought to my mind that this certain individual doesn't really like me and we have never had words, good or bad and I was contemplating on this when it seemed like God impressed me that my countenance might be the cause of people not liking me.  I may have a stern countenance like my mother had.  I don't mean that she never smiled, but it wasn't real often.

I decided that I had better delve into this and find out what the Scriptures say about our countenance.  I think I will dwell on the good countenances and not the bad, we all know what a bad countenance is, don't we? There is the angry countenance that Proverbs 25:23 talks about.  Then there is the unfriendly countenance that it speaks about in Genesis 31:1,2.  I kind of think that might apply to me, not sure what mine reveals.
There is the fierce countenance it talks about in Deuteronomy 28:50.

But I want to know what a good countenance is, don't you?
Proverbs 15:13  "A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance".

Judges 13:6  "So the woman came and told her husband, saying, 'A Man of God came to me, and His countenance was like the countenance of the Angel of God, very awesome; ...."

1 Samuel 16:12  "So he sent and brought him in (speaking of David)  Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good looking...."

I would like to have a cheerful countenance, how about you?  Also I would like to have a countenance of an Angel of God, that would be wonderful and a bright eyed and good looking countenance.  I think I have found the solution to having a great countenance.  It's in 2 Corinthians 3:18 Here's what it says:  "But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."

I can tell you that I do not want a stern countenance anymore.  I can see that it would scare people off and specially children.  My prayer is: "Please Lord, give me a cheerful, angelic countenance that attracts others not scare them off.  I am so sorry, I don't think I knew that I looked like that.  Thank you for showing me what I am like."

How about you, do you need to pray that prayer too?  God will give us the desires of our heart if it will help us reflect His character and you and I both know that a cheerful countenance does reflect His character.
So let's pray that prayer until we reflect the countenance of Angels, shall we?  Grandma Joan

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