<<blemishes, imperfections>>

As a result of Adam and Eve’s sin, sickness, disease, evil and death came into the world affecting every part of it but these will not tarnish heaven (Gen 3:14-19; Rev 21:4, 22:3). Through the blood of Jesus the personal implications of this can be erased from our lives when we are headed to heaven instead of hell.

Although David declared, “How you made me is amazing and wonderful” we are all less than perfect in some areas of our personalities and bodies (Ps 139:14). We don’t know why God allows deformities and defects to happen

Focus more on Jesus than the blemishes

– some of these can be corrected, but we must live with others. Job, who experienced immense heartaches, didn’t understand either but firmly believed God is good, loving and merciful so he continued to trust Him even when the evidence seemed to indicate the opposite (Job 1:21, 13:15).  Instead of doubting His goodness we should follow the Bible’s advice – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your ways straight” (Prov 3:5,6). God’s ways are past finding out so we will never fully understand how He uses our blemishes (which Satan would like to use against us) for good and His glory, never-the-less we are to help those with weaknesses and infirmities (Gen 50:20; Isa 55:8,9; Rom 8:28, 11:33, 15:1; Gal 6:2). In response to the question, “Who sinned this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Jesus replied, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life” (Jn 9:2,3).

One of the key aspects of the earthly ministry of Jesus was to heal people's physical bodies and He also has commissioned us, His representatives to carry on the work He started (Mt 14:14, 15:30; Mk 16:17,18; Act 10:38). We are to pray for healing and to seek healing (Jas 5:13-16). God may choose to heal miraculously, or though medications, procedures and medical personnel, yet not all are healed. The answer to our 'Why' may only be revealed in heaven.

We are to look after our bodies, yet modern society is obsessed with the outward, physical appearance or self-image. The fashion and beauty industries focus on the exterior yet it is wiser to concentrate on the lasting inner, heart qualities of character which reflect those of Christ (Gal 5:22,23;

Correct the defects you can – accept the rest, asking for God’s help to live with them

1 Pet 3:3,4). While we are on earth Jesus is preparing us for our future role by refining our character (Eph 5:25-27; Jud 1:24).

Paul prayed fervently to be delivered from a physical infirmity. The Lord’s answer was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is strongest when you are weak”. Therefore Paul declared, “I will glory [boast] in my infirmity that [more of] God’s grace may rest upon me” (2 Cor 12:7-10).  When we are weak in ourselves, we reach out and receive the continual divine enablement of His grace and strength, to live through them which is of greater value than receiving relief. Let your defects attract people to Jesus.

All the animals used for the OT sacrifices, which were a poor prototype of Christ’s perfect and complete sacrifice were to be without blemish or any defects (Ex 12:5; 1 Pet 1:19).

See also: acceptance, character, faults, handicap, healing, inner-man, perfect, self-acceptance, why.