A Woman to Woman Article

Picture Perfect

Have you ever been shopping and looked at beautiful pictures, perfectly framed? I love looking at pictures, especially of landscapes and flowers. I can get totally lost in a beautiful picture. It’s like being in another world or another space in time. There’s something very pleasant about this feeling. It’s filled with peace and tranquility. Think of your favorite painting or picture. How do you feel about it? Perfectly wonderful?

God has painted His “picture perfect” Ways in His word. This picture has a focal point as does any beautiful painting. All the Scriptures compliment the focal point. One Scripture that points out this focal point is James 1:27. The key words in this Scripture are: Pure religion, undefiled. 

What is this “pure religion” all about? Pure religion was demonstrated by Jesus Christ when He walked on this earth. He was a continual example of kindness, goodness, peace, compassion and love towards others. Wherever He went, He did good for others. He expects us to imitate Him and do the same (Matt. 5:44). 

If everyone in this world really did imitate Jesus Christ, would their be crime? Would their be poverty? Would their be misery? God has called us to come out of this world, out of crime, misery and poverty into a life of kindness, goodness, compassion and love, which glorifies our heavenly Father above. He wants us to leave the old behind and put on His new nature. Second Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Yes, new things—new ways—a brand new life! It is exciting, and it’s time to stop suffering because of sin (Jer. 5:25). 

There is a “better way” to live! That way is God’s Way, and it’s the Highway of Holiness that leads to happiness (Is. 35:8).

Look around! How many happy people do you actually see in a day? When I go to the store, I see people who hate their jobs and could care less if they helped me. I smile and say something clever, or I just say, “Have a good day!” Most respond and come out of their inward shell. 

We are here on this earth to make a difference in people’s lives for the good. God is calling us to His pure religion of serving all who cross our path, including widows and orphans.

 

Let’s paint our picture perfect 

Of God’s most precious Ways,

By living just to please Him 

All of our days.

Let’s paint our picture perfect 

Of God’s wonderful love,

By serving all others 

Glorifying God above.

Let’s paint our picture perfect 

Of God’s wonderful peace,

By overcoming evil, 

Old ways then will cease.

Let’s paint our picture perfect 

Of God’s wonderful deeds,

And be a good example

And thus, plant good seeds.


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