The Face Behind the Mask

I think most people want to give others a good impression of themselves. However, showing the “real you” is sometimes risky business. I have heard people say, “If you really knew me, you wouldn’t like me.” Have you ever said that? Not that I am advocating to “let it all hang out”, so to speak but I am encouraging anyone reading this to allow themselves to be open to someone who will always love you, no matter what you do. And that person is Jesus Christ. In the song, I Am Loved by Bill and Gloria Gaither, the following verses show the depth of Christ’s forgiveness to all who seek it.

I said if You knew, You wouldn’t want me. My scars are hidden by the face I wear. He said my child My scars go deeper. It was love for you that put them there.

There may be things you have done that you don’t want others to know about. Many of us have things in our past that haunt us, torment us or just plain make us feel guilty. It doesn’t need to be that way. I have made some serious mistakes in my past, but my faith in Jesus helped me turn from destructive behaviors to a renewed life through Christ. You may be thinking, “But you don’t know what I’ve done or where I’ve been.” It doesn’t matter because Christ paid the price for your and my sin. He calls for us to come to him with sincere hearts. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 And not only does he forgive but he never will hold it against us! As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103: 12

So, you may be hiding your past from others and that may be a wise thing. But don’t be afraid to be yourself with God, because he knows you, anyway. He loves you, anyway. Jesus Christ wants to be Lord of your life. He didn’t just die on that cross. He rose from the grave, appeared to many, and then rose to heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand, where he intercedes on our behalf. He promises eternal life to all who believe in him and surrender their lives to him. For God so loved the world that whosoever should believe in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 But it’s not just that. Christ promises to come into your heart as the Holy Spirit. He promises to guide you, protect you and help you live an abundant (fulfilling ) life. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 According to Wikipedia, abundant means ” abounding fullness of joy and strength for the mind, body and soul”.

So, if you’ve never asked Jesus into your heart, won’t you do it, today? Now is the time. It is no coincidence that you have read this blog. You are being called to become a child of God, a daughter or son of the King. Just say this prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God and that you died to forgive my sins and rose again to bring new life. I am so sorry for some of the things I have done. Please forgive me and be my Lord and Savior. Guide me, Lord, and help me to do your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

If you have said this prayer, it is important that you find a Bible believing church so that you can learn more about God and what he wants for your life. May Christ redeem and refresh you as you begin to live the life he has for you.

Published by Sheila Scherlin

I am a retired special needs teacher originally from Massachusetts, now residing in Arizona. My husband and I each have three adult children and many grandchildren and some great grandchildren. My passions are singing, single action cowboy shooting, writing and my faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I have danced and acted, on stage and in competitions, but swim aerobics is the closest I come to dance, at this stage. My husband and I travel back east, every summer, to be with our families. I adore our grandchildren and wish we lived closer to them, year round.

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