The Bible character Esau had good reason to be sorely angry with his brother Jacob. After all, Jacob tricked Esau out of his birthright, and then Jacob stole their father’s blessing which should have gone to Esau as the eldest son. Fearing for his life, Jacob took off and went into hiding.
Years later, the two met. Rather than retaliate, however, Esau told Jacob that he was forgiven. Overwhelmed with joy, Jacob uttered these words to his brother: “I have seen your face, and it is like seeing God’s face, since you have accepted me.”
When God casts an eye toward His children, His expression is one of acceptance. Likewise, those who love me, despite my faults and shortcomings, are the appearance of God in my life.
Scripture says that no one has ever seen God’s actual face, but from the story of Jacob and Esau, I certainly know what it looks like. I, just like Jacob, am accepted.