Jesus didn’t see beauty, He didn’t see handsomeness, talent, ugliness, temperament, or anything we humans see as face value. What He did see is souls, and He died for each one equally. And He loves them all beyond comprehension, and He gives us our value. We are made in His image.
Since we are made in His image, dare we see souls instead of the features and personality staring back at us? Dare we see the trove of treasure in front of us? What someone looks like and does on the outside are a unique veil hiding the immeasurable value underneath. I might be failing to adequately describe the value of what the person next to you means in metaphors, but circle back to the One who made this place, us, and all the treasures contained in the universe… He gave His life so we could have it abundantly.
Do we have a good relationship with someone if our sole focus is to not screw up around them? What if this is magnified by not spending much time with them, so we don’t know what pleases or displeases them? How do you have a healthy relationship with that person? You cannot, but this is how the majority of us spend our lives in relationship with God. We are fearful of screwing up around someone whos character we don’t know.
A way to start from a book I’ve been reading on how to know of Him:
God is patient, and He is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. God does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. HE always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.
Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13, based on “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8)