Song of Solomon 2:1 (KJV)
“I am a rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.”
Yet in the struggle of being acutely aware of our flaws, there is One who loves us just as we are. With all of our history, failings, and past mistakes He loves us just the way we are, He sees us as beautiful. I talked to somebody a while ago and what was interesting was that the only thing she was aware of was that she had a big nose and yet she was very beautiful. I like how God sees us. He isn’t aware of our flaws. In fact, in the Old Testament when the people made an offering before the Lord on behalf of their sins, He made it very clear that He couldn’t see their faults any longer. He would use metaphors to make clear to them His thoughts on this matter, “As the east is from the west so I have removed your iniquities from me.” God in another place says, “I will take all your sins and cast them in the sea of my forgetfulness.” This is a wonderful choice of God. The devil cannot come along and curse you because God has already blessed you. He has removed the curse and the flaws that you would look upon and others might see and says “I remember them no more”.
There was a man in the Old Testament named Balam. He was being used as a voice for encouragement. His job was to curse Israel at a very critical time when they needed God’s encouragement because of the enemy they were facing. The interesting part of that story is, what he went to curse he ended up blessing. God took the words of his mouth and caused them to come out in a way that was nurturing and encouraging for his people. We have been left in the New Testament, with the words of the apostle Paul. “Let all things be done to exhortation, edification, and comfort.” So in summary, let us be mindful of how God sees us, what God says over us, and how he’s declared a blessing upon us.