I love it. Red lipstick is my jam. I actually love all of the colors. I love the different combinations. And when a blemish decides to rear its ugly head, I love that makeup can cover it up so that no one knows what’s under the surface but little ol’ me.

But makeup isn’t the only mask we put on to conceal flaws. Oftentimes we use different types of barriers to protect us, to shield us, or to just downright cover up some defect that we perceive too imperfect to let others see.

We use this defense mechanism:

To cover up our insecurities.

To cover up our weaknesses.

To cover up our experiences.

To cover up our past.

To cover up our sin.

Sometimes that mask can do more harm than good. Sometimes that mask builds a barrier so strong that it creates other impurities. Deep impurities.

Sometimes we just need to come clean. We need to let Jesus wash away all of the guilt and fears associated with whatever mask we’ve been putting on everyday. We need to let Him clean us from the inside out.

People need to see us in our most unpolished state – no masks, no barriers, no coverups. People need to know who we truly are underneath it all – just a girl counting on Jesus to strip away her many impurities and imperfections.

Take that mask off, ladies. He is the only barrier you need.

“Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

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