Then he reminded me of this. So here goes nothing.
I have had planter warts on my feet for the last four years. I also had warts on my feet growing up but they all went away after treatment. These current suckers have not let go and to be honest, I feel disgusting, annoyed, and sometimes really angry that my feet would have these on them. I try to hide them from others, I try to get them treated (and they still don't leave), and I try to (excuse these graphic words) rip them out of my own feet by pretty much doing my own form of surgery.
Then he took me further and deeper. He began to show me that these are all outward signs of an inward problem. Although you may not have outward blemishes on your feet, you surely have internal blemishes on your heart.
The thing is, just like I try to hide my warts from people, cover them up, treat them with things that won't heal them, and then try to do surgery on them myself - We do this with our internal blemishes. The sin that clings in the deepest recesses of our hearts.
The anger, the pride, the sexual sin, the jealousy, the control, the hatred.
I'm sure this sounds familiar. We try to justify our jealousy, saying how dare God give them that money for those clothes, that house, or why would he give her that husband or that job? We hide our sexual sin from others thinking that it's the unforgivable sin and that we can never be healed. We try to stop hating on our own, reading self help books and memorizing kindness mantras. On and on it goes.
But the good news, THE GREAT NEWS!!!! Is that Jesus already knows those internal blemishes. He accepts you just as you are. He LOVES you even, SO MUCH. He forgives you. He wants to be in relationship with you. He wants you to experience true freedom which comes from halting all your endless battles to hide the sin or do surgery on it yourself to try to make it go away on your own strength.
And instead... to run to the Healer who can heal your heart of every blemish. Give you peace, joy, and rest everlasting. So like 2 Corinthians 5:20 says, "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We IMPLORE you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."
I implore you. Stop trying to diminish your sin, hide it, or destroy it on your own.
Only God holds the power to release you from it's bonds.
The one who created you is willing.
He loves you in the midst of your personal internal blemishes.