Before the looking glass was called a mirror, before the looking glass ever existed, there was the good ole water reflection. No matter what time period you live in, however, a person’s business for looking into either is the same — to see what will look back. To the surprise of many, the heart spiritually operates in the exact same manner. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 27:19 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
Here, the Bible is presenting us with one of those old school favorites — an analogy exercise.
water: face : : ________ : man
As water reflects a face, a heart reflects the man. There’s one thing about a reflection; it never lies. When you look at your refection — whether in the mirror or in the water — what you see is what you get. Reflections do not give airbrushed images. If you have a mole on your lip or freckles across your nose, best believe that is what you are going to see when you look in the mirror. God is telling us the same thing about the heart of man. If you want to know what an individual — including ourselves — is really about, take a look at their heart and not their actions. While actions can be used to airbrush imperfections away, looking at the heart of a person will give you naked truth in all of its honest glory.
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