God deals in the heart level. Imagine preparing for a party or a special occasion. We shop for the best dress and shoes. We have to look our best. How we look can break or make an impression. Outward apperances matter greatly to man. People can be easily impressed by the outward show of beauty, elegance, and wealth. Not so with God. God can only be impressed by the beauty within — the loving and pure motive in our heart.
Take a look at how Jesus dealt with tax collectors, with Zacchaeus, with the poor, the children, the sick people, the lepers, with the Samaritan woman, with the woman who brought an alabaster flask to anoint His feet with costly perfume, with Thomas who doubted Him, with Peter, and many others. He treated them with love and compassion. And, He used each one of them to show to the people the grace and glory of God.
When we approach God, we do not need to be conscious of ourselves or how we look like. God looks at the heart and honors a heart that truly seek Him and believe in Him.
“Let your beauty come not from the outward adorning of braiding your hair, and of wearing gold ornaments or of putting on fine clothing, but from the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight.”– 1 Peter 3:3-4 (WEB)
Your dreadful past is blotted out by His abounding grace. The moment we come to God in faith, He forgives lavishly. He restores completely. He loves unconditionally. Each of the sick people and sinful people who met Jesus never heard Jesus speak to them rudely or blamed them for every sin they committed. Instead, they received complete healing, restoration, and salvation freely. And, a word of counsel to “sin no more”. Such is the great love of God. In Jesus, there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1). In Jesus is perfect love that casts out fear. In Jesus is love and new life.
Rahab, the prostitute of Jericho, experienced God’s grace first hand. God did not look upon Rahab as a prostitute but looked at her as woman of faith who believed in Him as the mighty God who rules all things and who leads Israel to victory. Perhaps, by human erring thoughts, we might not think highly of a prostitute. What would people in the church most likely feel or think when suddenly a prostitute appears and sat on the pew? Not all would be so happy and welcoming. Not all would be genuinely cheerful. But, when Rahab expressed how she believed in the God of Israel and demonstrated her faith in Him by hiding the two spies on her roof, God did not look at her sinful past. God looked at her genuine faith and saved her and her family.
“As soon as we had heard it, our hearts melted, and there wasn’t any more spirit in any man, because of you: for Yahweh your God, he is God in heaven above, and on earth beneath. Now therefore, please swear to me by Yahweh, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a true sign; and that you will save alive my father, my mother, my brothers, and my sisters, and all that they have, and will deliver our lives from death.”– Joshua 2:11-13 (WEB)
“By faith Rahab the prostitute didn’t perish with those who were disobedient, having received the spies in peace.”– Hebrews 11:31 (WEB)
Your sinful past is never too great to the boundless grace of God.
“Come now, and let’s reason together,” says Yahweh: “Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.– Isaiah 1:18 (WEB)
“The law came in that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly, that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”– Romans 5:20-21 (WEB)
God is able to save you no matter how great your sin is. God is able to love you completely no matter how ugly your past was. God loves you with an everlasting love. You need only to come to Jesus with faith and believe that He can give you a new life.