“Well, she is a very nice woman, warts and all!”
My mother was describing a family friend who struggled with her temper, sometimes leading to inappropriate outbursts. She was always very kind to me and I had never experienced one of these lapses, but I was more intrigued by the physical deformity I have never noticed on her.
“Wait, what? Mrs. Smith has warts?”
My mother chuckled. “It’s an expression, Son. It means that we accept a person with all their flaws and imperfections.”
I was still confused. “So Mrs. Smith does not have warts?”
My mother realized it was a futile discussion attempting to explain the concept to a seven-year old boy so she politely answered, “Well, I suppose she may have warts, but we simply don’t see them.”
Flaws and imperfections. Some are visible but many are not. Our sins are no different. The Bible presents numerous examples of sins and surprisingly, many of them are found in people who are revered as great heroes of faith.
Are you a tax cheat? So was Zacchaeus. (Luke 19:1-10)
Are you a murderer? So was Moses. (Exodus 2:11-15)
Are you an adulterer? So was King David. (2 Samuel 11)
Are you the victim of adultery? So was Hosea the Prophet. (Hosea 3:1)
Are you faltering in your faith? So was Thomas. (John 20:24-29)
Did you betray a close friend? So did Peter. (Luke 22:54-62)
Why does the Bible give us so many examples of great saints of who fell in their sins? Sin is ugly but God does not sugarcoat or gloss over our transgressions. He shows us that no matter the egregious nature of our sins, God will forgive us if we confess and come before Him with a truly repentant heart. Why does God allow this?
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Isaiah 1:18 (ESV)
Jesus Christ accepts us, warts and all! His desire is for none to perish but all to have eternal life and salvation through faith in Him.
Praise God for His grace and mercy to all sinners.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.