Because of Jesus, We Are WITHOUT Blemish!

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see your faults? When God looks at you through the blood of Jesus, He sees you WITHOUT blemish!Our culture is preoccupied with personal perfection and physical beauty. The lengths people go to in order to achieve the look borders on obsession. The right lipstick, the right eyeliner or mascara. (I won’t lie. I do have my own favorites.) And then the time to apply it ever so carefully.

And clothes! When I was in high school, wearing a pair of Calvin Klein jeans was the ultimate. Today it’s MissMe (I think).

It’s not just the clothes, it’s the body that goes into the clothes. I am not dissing a healthy lifestyle. (And yes, I know I need to lose weight!) I’m challenging the idea that in order to be beautiful, we must be a specific size or weight, that our eye makeup is “on fleek,” or that our clothes are “on trend.”

We are so loved without all of that.

I know!
I sound like a mom.
I sound like a mom talking to her teenage daughters. And in their opinion, my opinion doesn’t count.

And that’s the thing. There is only One Whose opinion really counts.

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But it’s not really about our physical appearance. It’s about the condition of our hearts.

We want to do things right. But we don’t. All of us have those …

You know, I don’t even have to say it. It’s running through your mind right now. There are several areas in my life that I struggle with all the time.

And I can beat myself up about them pretty well. In fact, I’m an expert! 😉

But … I belong to the Lord. Yes, He knows where I struggle. And He convicts me and teaches me about those areas, and how to be better. So He is aware. But He doesn’t hold it against me.  When I sin, I confess it, knowing He has forgiven me.

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness,” (1 John 1:9, NLT). 

When He looks at me, He sees Jesus. So He doesn’t see all my faults. I am without blemish in His eyes.

If you belong to Him, He sees you the same way!  It’s hard for us to fathom.

Focusing on our faults keeps us ineffective in the things God wants us to do. Instead, we focus on Jesus.

“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus,” (Hebrews 11:1-2, NLT).

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Because of Jesus, we are without blemish.

Jesus lived a perfect life here on earth. He willingly became the perfect sacrifice required to pay for our sins. Jesus was our perfect lamb.

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, NLT).

Because of His sacrifice, God sees us as perfect. Because Jesus gave His blood for us, we are cleansed.

“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7, NLT).

I think if we knew–really knew–that God saw us like this, we would live differently. We wouldn’t worry so much about what others think about us. We wouldn’t focus on the negative aspects of others. In fact, I think we would want others to know this place of freedom, so we would share it with everyone around us.

Now, when God looks at us, He sees the righteousness of His perfect Son.

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are,” (Romans 3:21-22, NLT).

When we are with Him in heaven, our righteousness will be complete–there will  be no more sin. We will stand before Him without a single fault.

“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault,” (Colossians 1:22, NLT).

He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish,” (Ephesians 5:25-27, NLT).

At fifty-something, when I look in the mirror, I see all kinds of blemishes. One look in my cosmetics cabinet reveals specialized cleansers and creams–even some microdermabrasion beads. I get it.

When I look in the mirror of God’s Word, I see two things:  I see God’s holiness and how I fail to measure up. But I also see that He isn’t holding a ruler over me. He sees me blemish free!

Let’s encourage each other with this truth!

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18 replies

  1. God sees us blemish free. Just having my picture taken at Allume this year showed me that my eye is so critical when I look at myself. I love knowing that God adores how we look and who we are and it doesn’t matter if the picture is not perfect in our eyes. Thank you for these beautiful words to end the 31 days. Way to finish strong. I was glad to join your series.
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  2. Without Blemish. Those are good words for me as I head into our weekend.And the reminder to look in God’s mirror at what he sees.
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  3. We are fearfully and wonderfully made….without blemish! So beautiful, thank you for reminding us that God sees what the man doesn’t. God bless you and keep you all the days of your life.

  4. I immediately think of young David….remember. “HIM?” Why him? The Lord doesn’t look on the outward appearance, He looks at the heart … and then later… David, a man after God’s own heart. Amazing.

    YAY YAY YAY!!! The challenge is over and YOU DID AN AWESOME JOB. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!!!!
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    • Susan … a great example! It was His heart that God was after …

      Thanks for the kudos! So glad to have experienced this. I couldn’t have done it WITHOUT the Lord. 😉 And all my new blogging buddies. <3

  5. I needed that this morning. Thanks Dianne!
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  6. You write beautifully. What a miracle of mercy and grace! Even when we blow it, God can make it better than if it had never happened. I really needed to hear that today.
    Blessings and congrats on finishing strong.
    Karen
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  7. Thank you Dianne! I really needed to read this; and read it again and again! When I look in the mirror, I see an over-weight 60-something retired mother of three; grandmother of six…and I do see all those blemishes, whether they are visible or those “things” I need to change. Appreciate reading your words of victory over those blemishes!
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  8. I’m so happy to have found you through 31 days. I am now getting them in my email. You know you are preaching to the choir today. And it so changes after the age of 50-55. Oh to be transformed by the renewing of my mind!

  9. The miracle of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for sharing this wonderful word!
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