Covering the Scar
A story is told about Alexander the Great. When he had his portrait painted, the selected artist was greatly perplexed about how to do it. Alexander had an ugly scar from battle on the side of his forehead. The artist did not want to paint that scar in the portrait, because it would be offensive. But leaving the scar out of the painting would not be honest either, and the likeness of his king would be false. The artist finally arrived at a decision what to do. He asked Alexander to lean his head forward and rest it on the fingers of his hand in a way that covered the scar. The finished portrait of the great conqueror was valued as a success.
Love has a way of covering over the ugliness in people. Do you and I find ways to portray other people in the best light possible, or do we instead focus on their scars? We should not, of course, deny the obvious reality of personal faults, but there is also something to be said about the desire to spare someone we love from shame. According to the Bible, the love Christians have for one another is a love that overlooks scars.
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
— 1 Peter 4:7-8 NIV
Updated: Feb 17, 2012