[b]They have many scars and spots[/b](Thomas Watson, "The Godly Man'sPicture Drawn with a Scripture Pencil)"He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob." Numbers 23:21"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart." Heb. 10:22 If the heart is sincere, God will wink at many failings. God's love does not make Him blind; He can see our infirmities. But how does God look at a believer's sins? Not with an eye of revenge--but of pity, as a physician sees a disease in his patient--so as to heal him. God does not see iniquity in Jacob--so as to destroy him;but to heal him! How much pride, vanity, passion, does the Lord pass by in His sincere ones! He sees the integrity--and pardons the infirmity. We esteem a picture, though it is not drawn full length. Just so, the graces of God's people are not drawn to their full length. They have many scars and spots--yet being sincere, they shall find mercy. God loves the sincere, and it is the nature of love to cover infirmity.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Thank you so much for this. I wept as I read it. John 3:17 tells us that Jesus came not to condemn but to SAVE us. What a verse for all of us when we doubt His incredible love.God bless you abundantly!
_________________Patricia Erwin Nordman