I've been thinking lately, now that we are forgiven and cleansed of our past sins, how does God see us? And further how does God want us to see ourselves? Let me try to paint a picture.
You're looking across a vast, snow-covered field with gently rolling hills. The sun is just rising in a sky of multiple orange hues. The blowing snow gently moves across the unblemished countryside. The few leaf-less trees reach up to grasp the new day, their icicle-covered branches sparkling like diamonds in the morning sun.
It's a picture perfect postcard. It's breath-taking beauty. When God looks at us, he sees breath-taking beauty. I can't fully explain it. I know we often don't feel this. But it's the truth. It's grace. And this is how we are to view ourselves.
I think this is what the God was trying to get across to his people through Isaiah. He was trying to paint a picture of love: "Come now let us reason together, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18).
Personally I've made the decision to see myself the way God sees me. I don't always feel it. But I've made the decision. And slowly, surely grace is transforming me from the inside out. So make your decision. Engage in the journey of seeing yourself they way God does.