Flawed to Freed

If you have kids, you know how it feels to have your flaws magnified.

Samantha: “Mama, what’s wrong with your legs? Why do you have big purple veins everywhere?”

Savanna: “Mama, what’s wrong with your hinny? There’s a really big dent in it?

Those kinds of comments can spin a girl for a loop. Seriously though, if we could shower or sit on the toilet without an audience, then maybe we could avoid comments such as these.

Ahem and Amen

There are many different types of flaws. Whether or not we care to admit it, we all have a few… defects, blemishes, shortcomings, imperfections. Things we don’t discuss over a double whip mocha-chino.

But, whoever said imperfection was a bad thing? Somewhere along the way we bought an overpriced lie. One that told us perfect was the only acceptable way to be.

The Bible says Jesus knew a thing or two about imperfect people. In fact, He hung out with them. Jesus ate with them, walked with them, and taught them. He poured his ministry into those who were labeled by society as: flawed, desperate, diseased, and broken.

I love how Jesus loved the prostitutes, tax collectors, and those scarred by disease and physical limitations.

I can only image how the leper felt when Jesus touched an untouchable person. I wonder what the prostitute had to say when Jesus only wanted to talk with her, instead of use her. What the tax collector must have thought when Jesus did nothing but give while behind closed doors he was a habitual taker.

What a beautiful testimony of how Jesus takes our defective lives and makes them effective!

I love the way Tim Keller puts it: “I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me.”

Chained

Sweet sisters, we don’t have to be chained to our shortcomings anymore. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Our flaws make us humble. They make us desperate for Jesus. Jesus gives himself to those who realize their need for Him.

Freed

Christ came to free us from the kind of bondage that threatens us daily. Romans “5:8 tells us, “God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” Even though we are unworthy, we are daughters of the One who is worthy. When we confess our failures and admit our need for Jesus, the Truth will always set us free.

Restored

When we embrace Christ, the chains of blemishes and brokenness fall to the floor. Jesus is enough. His grace is sufficient. We are free in Him.

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14 Responses

10.20.11

Only Jesus! Only He can take our imperfections and turn them into a beautiful reflection of Him. I love your line about our defective lives becoming effective when placed in God’s hands…..so very true and so very reassuring and encouraging.

I was so blessed for having been here today. Thank you, Kelli-

~Stacy
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10.20.11

Hi Kelli – lovely post. I love that quote – “I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me.” Its really humbling. About the lack of privacy when your kids are little, try going to the loo with the door open when they’re teenagers, they run a mile (sorry, couldn’t resist that)
God bless
Tracy
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This is SO good, Kelli. I think you’ve really struck deep with so many of us who can’t get OUR picture of “perfect” out of our heads when it’s only God’s view of us that matters. And believe me, I’ll know to NEVER let your sweet girls see MY legs – oh, the questions would be flying!!!! They’re something right out of “MapQuest”! LOL
Love you,
Deb
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10.20.11

This is really good Kelli! “Our flaws make us humble.” We are not perfect but we are free. Great encouragement today!
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10.20.11

“Our flaws make us humble” This is so true! I’ve had an operation on my throat area 4X in the same place to have tumors removed. My family and friends often ask if the scar disturbs me, and at first, it really did. It taught me quickly about vanity, and now I’m very thankful for that lesson, now that I have beautiful daughters! It’s an “always” reminder! Thanks for sharing this Kelli! If you don’t mind, I would like to use it as a launch into a post of my own on this subject someday soon!

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10.20.11

Amen! Jesus is our example.
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10.20.11

I am unchained, freed, and restored ~ hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus!
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10.20.11

” Jesus gives himself to those who realize their need for Him.” Oh, how I need Him! I am grateful for my flaws that humble me and take me directly to the One who makes me FREE. Love this post… love you!

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10.20.11

Blessed to have been freed and restored from the chains that bound my life for so long!!!!!!!!

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Hello Kelli,
Thank God for his grace the whole reason we can stand perfect(free from sin that is) in his sight. Human nature loves to view and amplify the bad, the hurt, the mistakes. At the end of the day, when we know the truth, we can stand in the face of the condemner, regardless of who or what and quote Romans 8:1.

God Bless,
Joe
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What a powerful post Kelli! While the world focuses it’s efforts on amplifying our “blemishes”, Jesus saw past that and freed us from those shackles of restriction. In Christ, we are truly set free!

Have a Blessed Day!
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Oh girl, I feel your pain. One of my kids once tried to “encourage” me by telling me my C-section scar didn’t show because my stomach hung down over it. aye, aye, aye
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10.20.11

God has created in us all a totally unique individual, and it has taken me many years (with continued spiritual growth!) to realize that I don’t have to be perfect! 🙂 Not being true to me is not the perfect fit that God planned, and it limits my potential to express the creative and unique individual that He created me to be. Beautiful and inspiring post! 🙂

Blessings and hugs,
Denise

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My favorite flawed moment is when my two-year-old Brought me a band aid for my zit. Also, my eight-year-old prayed (at dinner, people!) that same zit would go away. Hello! Sigh.
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