What does the Bible have to say about our faces?
Faces can intimidate. Sin hardens faces. Preachers and teachers could, intentionally or not, “pull punches.” Hence, God told Jeremiah, “Be not thou afraid of their faces: for I am with thee….” (From Jeremiah 1:8). Give out the Word faithfully (and wisely). Use eye contact and speak with confidence, God uses His children and gives strength to speak with courage, even in the face of adversaries.
There is the matter of discouragement and its effect. For example, in Job 16:16, Job speaks of his suffering, “My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death.” The opposite can be true! Proverbs 15:13 reads, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance….” Remember that even in trials there can be joy. Peter, in I Peter 1:3-8 explains that even in suffering, for a season, there can be “joy unspeakable and full of glory….”
As we behold His face (which we do when we devotionally study the Word), it has a transforming effect. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians 3:18).
Selah! This is just a small sampling of what the Scriptures teach about our faces. The wonderful crowning moment comes when we see Him face to Face! The awful opposite is when the unsaved see His face as their judge. Rejoice, if you are born again; if you aren’t do something about it while you can. Read carefully Romans 10:9-10. Trust Him with your whole heart and life and yield to Him as your Saviour and Lord. Ron
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