A season ago, I kept hearing this phrase in my heart, “I find no flaw in you.”
I knew Jesus was whispering this to me, but it took me a while to really comprehend it, to actually receive it. My first reaction was to try to justify it by what I had done right, how well I had behaved, how many hours I had prayed, or even how much I weighed.
I was trying to change different things in my own strength, but it seemed that I kept doing circles. In my mind nothing could have come close to this “I find no flaw in you.”
On the opposite side, I could find many flaws in me.
Why did God whisper this to me when I felt less than successful, when my human reasons and efforts had failed over and over again? It didn’t make sense in my mind!
I then went to my Bible searching for a scripture that would confirm this word…. and then I found it!
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” (Song of Solomon 4:7, NIV).
Then this truth dawned to me: “He loves me as I am!”. Even if I didn’t do one thing right, even if no one thought I was beautiful, He saw me as beautiful. To Him I was beautiful.
There is a truth that resides in your mind, but there is also a truth that sinks in your heart! And that’ s when real change and transformation happens. Because out of our hearts flow the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). This was a moment of a heart transformation for me!
What does really happen when we are just by ourselves? When we can see the good and the bad… the nice and the ugly? How do we really see ourselves?
As girls, many times we may feel inadequate, because we tend to see ourselves through the mirror of comparison or through the glasses of people’ s demands and time limit, but there is a freedom that comes when we live for the audience and pleasure of ONE. The most beautiful person…. JESUS.
When Solomon wrote the above passage, historians tell us that he was talking about his wife. Surely, some people would have agreed with him about the beauty of his bride, but maybe others wouldn’t. Did it matter to him? No! To him, she was beautiful. The most beautiful woman in the world! She might have had some flaws, but Solomon couldn’t see them. He was in love, madly in love with her!
We often see Jesus as someone that is ready to find our faults, keeping His distant until we become good enough to be able to approach Him. Rarely do we see Him as a Lover, as someone that is so passionately in love with us, someone eager to show us the depth of His love – even if we have messed up thousands of times!
Because only true love surrenders!
Many times we try to earn His love because we are not willing to surrender. But we will never be free until we surrender.
He loved us and died for us even before we loved Him or were able to do anything for Him (1 John 4:10). So what makes us think that we can earn His love? We get so caught up in trying to change ourselves that we forget that we cannot change apart from Him.
Change comes as we gaze on Him, as we gaze on the Crucified Savior and His finished work that has given us access into His inner chambers (Song of Solomon 1:4).
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
The truth is that we do make mistakes, we will mess up, but He wants to be part of the restoration process! He wants to touch those areas of our hearts and whisper His truth to us that sets us free.
Today, you may have locked areas of your heart away from His love. They might be emotional, relational, physical, or either financial. You are afraid that if He looks in there He will see some really ugly stuff. You may have even tried to justify them, by denying to see that they need to change. But guess what? He already sees your heart. He sees it all, every part of you! (Psalm 137:1-9)
Yes. He sees that these things look ugly, but He doesn’t see YOU as ugly!
He says “I love you as you are! Come to me! Come away with me! Just allow my love to enter in and touch these areas, because my love can set you free. Be free from addictions, free from the fear of man, free from comparison. I want you to taste my love that is better than wine, the only love that will ever be enough for you! You are beautiful to me!”
You are beautiful because He is beautiful.
Your beauty comes out of His beauty flowing through you – not out of your style, hair, skin, weight, relationship status or religious works! The more you surrender at His feet and allow Him to really love on you the more beauty flows from Him to you, and through you to others!
Friend, will you allow His love to enter in today?
If so, please join me in this pray:
“Jesus, I receive your love! I surrender to your love. Transform me to your image as I look to you. I turn my eyes away from the things I cannot change and I set my eyes on you and on the power of your cross. I cannot do this on my own. Thank you for forgiving me for taking this in my own hands. Change me from the inside out. No matter what other people think about me I know I am beautiful to you. And most of all, no matter what others think about you – you are SO beautiful to me! I am free through the power of your love”.
[I want to encourage you to feed further on His love by reading the book of the Song of Solomon afresh, and by listening to the songs ‘Come away with me’ by David Brymer and ‘Carried to the Table’ by Leeland].
About the Author:
“Melina Stamati is a lover of Jesus, currently living in Thessaloniki Greece, with a passion to see people falling in love with Jesus and rising to bring a revolution of love, justice and change in their generation!
She has served for many years at her local church in youth and worship ministry. In 2007, she studied Pastoral Leadership for three years at Hillsong College in Sydney. Melina has a worship ministry named Fos (light) birthed from her local church and she is travelling with other young people around Greece ministering the gospel through songs that she writes for God.