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God said “let Us create man in Our own image….” We must know that God is a Spirit and not a physical being like you and me. In John 4:24 we see ”God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth”
. He did not create us to physically resemble Him but to spiritually resemble Him. Look around you at the vast numbers and physical types of human beings that exist in this world. If we are to think that our physical image is the image of God, which would be His image – the Caucasian, the MEXICAN, the Semitic tribes? Jesus told His disciples in:John 5:37 “And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,”

John 14:7 “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

John 14:9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

John 15:24 If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. I believe that Jesus is telling us that the image of the Father is a spiritual image. This is a new concept for humankind. How do we resemble the creator of the universe? What did Jesus mean that if we have seen Him we have seen the Father? The answer to these questions can be found in Paul’s epistle to the Galatians.In Galatians 5:22-23 we read: 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. .

The image of God is Love, pure and holy. 
God is the truest form of love. We call this love Agape. This is the Love that everyone who comes in contact with Christ felt. Even those who could not understand this love reacted to Him. Some could not accept this love and rejected Him because they could not endure this faultless love. Others accepted Him and the Love that He brought and exemplified. This agape (love) was shown to us by the simple fact that The Holy Word of God agreed to leave the splendor of Heaven
to become incarnate here on this world to teach us, heal us, and save us from ourselves.

The image of God contains joy. 
This is the deepest form of happiness that can be experienced. When your heart is with Christ, even in the roughest times you can feel the joy of His presence. Christ’s life exemplifies the joy that filled Him.

The image of God contains
Peace. When you have love in your life, true and pure love, and your heart is full of the joy of the presence of God, you reach a peace in your life that cannot be equaled. This peace is reflected in the way that we, as believers, live.

The image of God contains patience.
When your life is full of love, joy and peace, you experience patience even in the most trying of situations. When we can remember to weight the situations that we encounter by the weight of the love, joy and peace in our lives, our attitudes change and we seem to find the patience to endure things that would normally have driven us up a tree.

The image of God contains kindness. 
When your heart is full of love, joy and peace you reach a state of patience which surprises even the best of us. This patience brings us to the realization that we live by the Grace of God. God loves every human soul that He created and it is our duty and privilege to treat every one of God’s creations with kindness. We are brought to a new respect for the
world that our God created for us.

God’s image contains goodness. 
We are filled with love, joy, peace, patience and kindness. We then have the desire to do good. We are driven to do good works. How is it possible to cheat or steal when you love each one of God’s creations? What would a man gain by storing up treasures here and loosing his soul?

God’s image contains faithfulness.
His desire is that our lives will be driven by faith and not desire. Faith is one of several forces in our lives. Faith is believing something that we cannot register by physical senses. Faith is spiritual. Faith is simply standing firm on the promises that God has made us trough His Holy Word. We must believe that He will do what He says He will do. Faithfulness is living our lives without doubt. Doubt is a seed planted by an enemy to tear down our faith. Doubt is that black spot on our
spiritual hearts that grows and snuffs out our ability to trust that God will do what He has promised.

God’s image contains gentleness.
When we are filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness our nature becomes gentle. We treat everything in God’s world with a gentle touch and with gentle speech.

God’s image contains self-control.
This is the hardest of the fruits to bear. Paul tells us in the same chapter (5) of Galatians: 16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and
the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

God created us in His image. 
Jesus told us that if we have seen Him we have seen The Father. Jesus’ spiritual image was love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We are from the same seed. God created us this way to contain His image. There will come a day of judgment for each one of us (none shall be spared this). Each of us, believer and nonbeliever will one day stand before the Throne of God. He will peer into our hearts looking to see His image. When He sees His image in us, He will say, “Well done My good and faithful servant”.

However, when He looks into our hearts and cannot see Himself in us, He will say, “Depart from me you worker of iniquity. I know you not”. Know Him. Learn as much as you can. Obey His commandments and bear the fruit of the Spirit. As we are created in His image this is how we are to walk and be. Let Gods love shine through you every time. Stay blessed.

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