To be created in the likeness of the Uncreated One! To bear in ourselves the image of the creator. Imago Dei - the Image of God.
How does this profound reality impact my actions and interactions with others? Surely if our eyes were opened to this truth and we actually saw the image of God in other humans it would impact how we treat them.
James 3:9-10 reminds us that with our tongues we: "...bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers these things ought not to be so."
How can I not act with love, kindness, gentleness, patience, humility, if when I look at another I see the image of God in them, rather than their human faults and frailty. I may have zero desire to serve another selfish human being, but if I look at them and see the image of my blessed Creator, it will change everything. But really nothing will have changed except my own myopic perspective. Like the lens of a camera, true reality is brought into focus.
I am struck by the lyrics to the song Brother by The Brilliance:
When I look into the face of my enemy
I see my brother
Forgiveness is the garment of our courage
The power to make the peace we long to know
Open up our eyes
To see the wounds that bind all of humankind
May our shutter hearts
Greet the dawn of life with charity and love.
This is profound and challenging. If I look at another and do not see the image of God in them, I will see them as an enemy. James 4:1 says: "What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel."
Our passions inhibit our vision. Rather than looking with humility, asking for God to open our eyes, I look in pride, wanting my rights to be considered first and foremost. All I can see is what is right in front of me, the clouded untruth of reality. Another broken human being, a sin filled, selfish creature much like myself. How can I possibly be at peace with that creature? Why should I even try?
I should try because I bear the image of my Creator. The unfathomable grace which was extended by God the Father is imprinted on my spirit. God open my eyes to see true reality, not this verisimilitude of Eternity. Let me see in others the image of God.