Makeup. Applied correctly, it accents our positives, covers our blemishes, and minimizes our flaws. Base. Blush. Mascara. Each serves a purpose in the face we present. We do the same in our relationships. We do our best to make a great first impression. However, the closer we get to a person, the less make-up we apply. We begin to show our true selves, blemishes and all, and we see theirs too. Conflict, however, may be the ultimate make-up remover. Our eyes zero in on that zit on their nose and we forget about the blue eyes or the dark, thick hair we admire so much. So what do we do? We remember that we are not blemish-free ourselves. Check out Matthew 7: 1-5 NIV:
“‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’”
Only after we deal with our own blemishes, can we offer some blemish remover to our friend—unconditional love and forgiveness. It is, after all, what Christ applied to us—perfect forgiveness and love, purchased with his blood. So break out the blemish remover and make-up with someone today.