1 Corinthians 13:12, NIV: Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

I know myself, but only in part. I know my wife and my children, and I know my parents—but only in part. I often look at the world through spiritual cataracts, with eyes dinged by worldly things. In my eyes, I may think that I am more than I am. Others may think more or less. In my eyes, others may not measure up. Or, I may set them upon a pedestal, unfairly placing high expectations on them. But, in God’s eyes, we are seen as we are. In His eyes we find understanding, grace, and compassion, for He knows us in truth. We want to look at others through God’s eyes. But our understanding is only in part. The grace we extend, the compassion we feel, and the truth we see—they are all only in part. We do well to remember Philippians 2:3, “…in humility consider others better than yourselves.” And as we encounter people throughout the day, perhaps we will find in Christ what we need to see others (and ourselves) through His eyes—eyes not clouded by speculation, prejudgment, or selfishness.