19 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; 20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
When was the last time you looked in a mirror? If you’re anything like me, it was just this morning. In fact, I look into the mirror virtually every day of my life. Because of that I know exactly what I look like: buzzed blonde hair, goatee, a mole just left of my nose. Imagine though that you had never once looked into a mirror or a reflective surface of any kind. Could you really have an accurate perception of the way you look? Sure, you could feel around your face, but that would probably leave you with an image more like one of those caricatures from the fair than a face. All of your most prominent features would be blown out of proportion. You could ask others for their opinion, but they would likely focus on your more appealing qualities while downplaying, or not even mentioning, your more unmentionable features. In my case, they might have to use Thumper’s mom’s wisdom: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”