Battle Wound

When Alexander the Great became a world conqueror, he decided to have his portrait painted in oils. The finest artist in the realm was called to produce a masterpiece.

When he arrived at Alexander's court, the renowned general requested that the portrait be a full-face pose instead of a profile. This filled the artist with great distress, because one side of Alexander's face was hideously disfigured by a long scar — the result of a battle wound.

After studying his subject for a long time, the painter came up with a solution. First, he seated Alexander at a table; then, placing the General's elbow on it, he asked him to cup his chin in his hand. As a final thoughtful gesture, the artist adjusted Alexander's fingers so that they covered his scar. The artist then went to work with paint and brushes and produced a flattering likeness of the General. 

In much the same way, Christian love will overlook or seek to minimize the faults and shortcomings of others.

This kind of love comes only from God. He knows we aren’t perfect, so He says “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). God gives us the power to love when we are weak. His supplements our weaknesses/shortcomings with His strength so that we can know Him and live for Him!

In a similar way, show love and grace to those around who aren’t perfect. It’s easy to do when we remember that we’re not perfect either!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!