All around us people are striving for beauty. Ways to stay young, look young and defy gravity. If we are honest, we find ourselves striving for the same thing. In the process we can carry this mentality into our spiritual life. We want to look spiritually pretty and never let God in to speak to our “ugly”. The “ugly” is still there whether we choose to acknowledge it or not. Similar to the problem areas of physical aging. We want to hide our “ugly”. Try to find ways to defy it or cover it up. We think that if we don’t acknowledge or talk about it maybe it will go away.
John 1:17 tells us that we receive God’s grace through Jesus. Through Jesus we have God’s unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor and blessing. We have grace because of Jesus. We do not have to do anything. God’s grace is undeserved. We have it even though we don’t deserve it. Then why are we walking around try to hide our ugly? We have a tendency to walk around like we are not dealing with any issues. Maybe, we don’t believe God’s grace is enough for our ugly. Our ugly is too big, or not big enough. We put “ugly” on levels of severity; good, fair and poor.
In John 8:1-11 is the story about the woman caught in adultery. The men brought her to Jesus. She was caught in the act. She wasn’t just accused. It wasn’t that they suspected, thought or were unsure about what she had done. She was caught red-handed. What humiliation she must have felt as she was brought out into the open. Put yourself in her shoes for a moment. Imagine friends, neighbors, family catching you in your pride, jealousy, anger, bitterness, yelling at your spouse and kids. The list can go on. When they catch you they take you along with a crowd and announce your sin. The shame that you would feel would be the same as this woman. At least it should be. It doesn’t matter what act of sin it is. All sin brings shame.
BUT Jesus is on the scene. His presence makes all the difference. He didn’t say a word to her accusers. He bent down and wrote in the dirt. Then He stood up and said, ” If anyone is without sin let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” He bent down again and wrote on the ground. After this one by one her accusers began to leave. All of them left until it was just her and Jesus. He stood up and asked her where are your accusers . There was no one to condemn her. Jesus told her, ” I don’t condemn you either, go and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus doesn’t just leave us where we are. He sees our ugly, comes in, silences the accuser, and covers our ugly with His grace. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. We do not have to submit to the accusations of other people or the thoughts in our mind. Surrender to God and allow Him to silence your accusers and walk in His grace.