I have a confession to make. It’s a little embarrassing but I can’t be the only one that does it, so here goes…
Sometimes I check myself out in the mirror.
It’s true. I like to lift weights, so sometimes I hit a quick flex or pose to see if I can notice any difference or improvement. Sometimes I do the old turn-sideways-and-suck-in-the-gut pose to check out my profile. Sometimes I’ll actually start to think to myself that for a 45-year-old guy I still kind of have it going on! It’s about then that I will realize that I haven’t put my contacts in yet. So what I’m actually seeing is a blurry, washed out version of myself that hides all the flaws. When I put them in and can see clearly, suddenly I notice every bad thing. I see every flaw. I see every bit of ugliness.
There’s a certain sense in which seeing clearly, seeing the truth, is something good. But I wonder sometimes, if in today’s day and age we see a bit too clearly. With a “24 hour news cycle” where we are constantly barraged with information, as well as social media where people are constantly putting themselves out there and revealing every detail of their life and every opinion that floats through their head, I wonder if we end up focusing on the minute details that reveal every flaw instead of stepping back and taking a look at the big picture.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
I wonder if that’s what the Bible means in regards to love covering up sins. Without a doubt, it’s a reference to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ done out of love. But in regards to how we live out that passage, I think it means that when we look at people through a veneer of love it hides the flaws. It blurs them out a bit. So that instead of seeing every detail of what someone has done wrong or how they may have failed us, we see the outline of the person softened into, perhaps, what they were more meant to be as one of God’s children. It enables us to look more kindly upon the person and indeed upon the world.
If you examine anyone in super detailed 4K high definition eye sight, you should turn that gaze upon yourself. Acknowledge your flaws, repent and receive forgiveness. But when it comes to others, take out those contacts and look at them through the lens of love. You might be surprised at what you see, or more importantly, what you don’t see.