For the Lord takes pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation. – Psalm 149:4
There are many people who suffer from hereditary diseases that cause major facial disfigurements. In an interview with a woman whose face was severely marred by her affliction, she sadly made the comment that people did not see her as a person.
Every human being is a unique and precious creation of God. Yet, each one of us has been disfigured by our disease of sin. We all come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
In the book of Hebrews, we see a portrait of Jesus as the highly exalted only begotten Son of God, who left His high estate for the sole purpose of identifying with mankind to purchase their redemption with His sacrifice. He is now our “merciful and faithful high priest.” He permitted Himself to be severely marred and disfigured in order to take upon Himself our sins and remove them forever.
This One who was so willing to suffer for the people He loves, does not view the disfigurement of our sins, but sees beyond those deformities to seek, rescue and beautify our souls with His salvation. He peers through the disease of sin and treasures the person, no matter what we look like or who we are.
Jesus sees the person; and those who profess faith in Him, need to follow His example, look beyond the sin, and treasure every soul, no matter what they look like on the outside, or who they are on the inside. Love changes lives, and we are called to be reflections of Jesus’ love in us, reaching out to bring as many disfigured and lonely souls as we can into His embrace.
Can we be like Jesus and look into the faces of those who are so disfigured by sin, and see the person that they can become when they are beautified by His salvation?
Copyright 2018 by H. D. Shively
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