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Shine Bright Like a Diamond: The Diamond in the Rough

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A Diamond will Shine When Polished

Take a moment and imagine yourself as a diamond, taken from raw material found in the rich depths of the earth, extracted, processed, and ready to show exquisite brilliance.

Every gemstone has imperfect cuts lacking the luster of perfection. Simple or complex, we need a skilled lapidary to become the precious stones that lie beneath our rough edges. In God’s eyes, each one is precious developing when polished by the artisan of perfection.

A bright glow emerges where hunger remains for Christ-likeness. The uniqueness of assumptive judgment of others impedes our correction, making the refinement tedious and tricky, while engaged in the spiritual battle and trials. Still, as God’s creation’s, we strive to live with regular polish, while allowing staunch deflection from what is right. We react with human qualities.

Our lackluster is often a symptom of denying God’s work in us. So, we must hold to His promises as clarity increases with His purpose. If docile, while formed, we will arise materializing as the amazing gems that have a unique color, clarity, cut, and weight, no two alike but perfect in unity.

Confessions of a Human Heart

Oh flesh, how do I surrender to my God that no foe may come against me in my darkest hours? Stop this attention to the slanderous attacks in life! You, Lord, should occupy my heart as I seek my purpose.

Your perceptions of me, dear God, I must disappoint as I fail before you in my daily walk? To allow an evil thought or action to take hold becomes angering, envious, impatient, unkind, intolerant or sinful, because of our human nature, I know these actions though originated in pain can be used for good, when part of God’s design.

You showed reactive anger in humanness, through your Son, as He walked the earth to prepare for the ultimate sacrifice. Our right to complain no longer makes sense after the ultimate gift of the cross. How dare I to claim attention I am failing in appreciation as to the Lord’s sacrifice!

Why react to vile representations of righteous behavior? Must I stomp my feet when one speaks of me or mine, or instead trust your reasoning?

We find ourselves in an embarrassing state, Lord. We realize our faults and wrongdoings. I hear myself as I have a passion for God’s purpose and yet angered by my sin and complacency.

A diamond glistens and mirrors reflect. To look in the mirror, I see the so loved imperfect human. We can see our image shine with Christ bright like a diamond!

I realize I have monumental work to do! To look for missteps in others; I am no longer taking the steps toward learning in mine. Help me see myself as a shining servant. Humble your child as she seeks Your guidance and direction.

You made me as You made everyone, for Your purpose, allow me the polish of the gem You’ve created in me. I can do Your work and only that which serves God.



We Are in Fellowship

True, a foe’s insults alarm and yet the attack of those in fellowship is far more unexpected. It’s just that when coming from one in friendship, it’s unforeseen. I believe that in this timing we will be under attack from multiple areas. The weapons will form in our minds, even against those we love, as evil tries to separate us from Christ.

Understand that Christ calls us to accountability versus the wrongful attack, that come by those we trust in our churches, communities, and even those in our own homes. Often we will push through to decide that a true Christian cares for our soul and wants what’s best for us, acting on the Christlikeness within each of us.

We see imperfection in yourself or others, but God did not intend for us to settle. In good faith, we try to see Christ in people, recognizing we’re flawed and also react to negative feelings.

God speaks through others, throughout life experience, our belief needs to be keen to know that He will conquer evil, and that which comes to us will prosper for His glory. Relax, answers will come, and the bleeding stops, and the healing begins. Wait and be still.

There is no better prep for attacks than God’s armor! While the church and leadership are important to our walks, it’s more crucial to be open to the call of the Holy Spirit seeking guidance toward an ultimate purpose.

The attacks brought against us often allow the refinement we seek, sometimes causing us to draw closer to the ultimate refining of Christ Our King. Why does the world matter so much? Because we have weak flesh!

So, dear Lord, I ask for refinement of our walk at a higher rate, to glorify and focus on the good in the coming days. Allow us to reach for one another and share our human weakness, proving readiness to share a Christ-likeness.

Christians, Oh How We Fail

We love and honor our Lord, and yet as He looks upon us from His heavenly seat, I can only imagine how we disappointed with our choices. I’m not talking, the daily mishaps, our Father expects those. But, evil words slip from our tongues when we judge those slipping around us, that is the greater sin. Which inequities are worse, for no sin is greater in God’s eyes. We call it to sin and so to judge others is ridiculous, but we are pros at pointing to our neighbor’s sin.

I don’t get to proclaim my sin as less offensive than that of my neighbors, family, friends, or foes. To claim my righteousness places me on a pedestal until the winds of yet another dose of refinement kick me to its base.

To be without sinful nature, we will be present with our Father in heaven. Brought together for the glorification of God! we must love with patience and look for His reflection in our mirror.

We must try to realize that when placing ourselves in higher regard than our brothers and sisters, we fail! To not accept our own inequity has more significance and is delusional. Get out the mirror, a humble sinner reflects.

Caution Christians

Caution yourselves to the awareness that the closer we come to sanctification, the higher the risk of attack by force not from our Father. To love and accept likeness among your faithful Christians will be imperative to building an army for Your Kingdom.

We don’t worship in one place, but each is essential. Wherever you meet build a fire with a burning flame, that will not extinguish. Share God’s word in the commonality among churches, friends, and people worldwide. Please, God, humble us to stewardship. Your word is precious, help us own our faults, but make us passer’s of the torch in spreading light in love.

Psalm 51:17 “My sacrifice oh God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart. You, God, will not despise.”

Psalms are prophetic, we can find each of us in these words. God is unchanging and His word always relevant.

No one could read psalms and deny the complete relevance to our world today. We must be careful as we stay in the flesh, and thus, we must not cast the stone. But we are rough around the edges, and pieces may break off of our precious stone. That doesn’t mean that we discard and not polish. It just says we are not perfect. There is but one ideal Gem. Folks, we are imitations.

Fake appearances will not make something real. There’s only one! I look forward to seeing the perfect example of Christ as I seek to go home one day and meet Him face to face. Until then we are imitations. I will do my best to not break people too often. But I am sure I will. I will do my best to pick up the pieces and place them back to make others whole and continue our refinement in Him.

For His light to shine, we must not tear one another apart but build upon His word. The mistakes of our imperfect self will cast a shadow in the light of His word. Life will require our honesty and humility, allowing the light to glow and hence welcoming those who see it. Together we need to let the light of God’s Love shine through and discard what takes us from that light or separates us from our loving Father in Heaven. Be the diamond in the rough!

© 2012 Kathy Henderson

Comments

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on December 21, 2012:

FSlovenec ~ Oh yes, and that is such a comforting thought and so true. Thanks again for your comment. God Bless

Frank Slovenec from San Francisco, CA on December 21, 2012:

God will complete the good work that He has begin in you!! Amen

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on November 14, 2012:

Mekenzie ~

Thanks so much for your input. I am so blessed to have people who take the time to leave such beautiful comments. God Bless

Susan Ream from Michigan on November 14, 2012:

Hi Kathy, So many deep and penetrating thoughts and questions contained in this hub. I am going to read Psalms 50 -55 to gain a better understanding of how God has spoken to you through it.

This writing reminded me of the Apostle Paul's statement about struggling with the Flesh. He shares that He agrees with the Law of God and rejoices in it. He really wants to do what is right, but his body will not cooperate.

How often do I find myself in the same place struggling against what I know to do, pleasing God, only to find myself doing what the flesh desires responding in sin.

Thank God for His steadfast love and His forgiveness. Thank God for persecution and times when we are misunderstood or attacked. We do know that all things work together for our good. We can see it as we look back and find that the potter was faithfully working at conforming us to the image of Christ.

As God brings us through a trial we are humbled and totally dependent upon Him. It is through trials and hurts we learn to depend upon our Lord. At the time we may be lost in a cloud of despair but as His children, He brings us through and glorifies Himself through our healing and change of heart.

Wonderful and thought provoking hub here - I'll need to come back to it because there was so many levels of understanding hidden here.

God Bless YOU dear friend, Voted Up, Useful and Beautiful

HUGS!!

Mekenzie

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on November 13, 2012:

Thanks for the tip Blossom ~ not quite sure how to do that yet but will edit when I figure it out. I do appreciate the comment have a blessed day:)

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on November 12, 2012:

I love your title and can relate to it very well! I wonder if I might suggest that you break your article up a little with some useful headings? I think it would help the reader.