For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. Romans 11:30-31
None of us like others to see our blemishes. When I spot one on my face, I try all sorts of concealers and powders to minimize it. Yet, it seems the more I try, the more it looks like I ‘m trying to cover it up. Disobedience (a.k.a. sin) can be that way. But if we expose the sin to God’s healing power, not only does it heal our soul, but others can see the healing happening in our lives as well. They can see, wow- God does work. Maybe He’ll work for me.
When I expose my blemishes, as embarrassing as they may be, they heal faster. When I expose my sins and ask for forgiveness, it doesn’t just affect my relationship with God, it affects my relationship with others and their relationship with Him as well. Doing so lets me see others in a different light – as people who need God in their lives as much as I do. People for whom I should be on my knees, not turning my back on them. Forgiveness is cyclical. It heals and restores all aspects of our lives and relationships – our walk with God, our feelings about ourselves, and our attitude towards others.
When you find a remedy to fight blemishes, peopl want to know. We all get them. For disobedience’s marks on our lives, the only way that blemish will clear is if you quit trying to cover it up and expose it to the Light and Healing Power of God. Then you will have the confidence to face the world, and the world will see God’s mercy in your life and be drawn to it.