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Uncombable Hair Syndrome

Sin Nature Self-examination Self-image

Source: "'Uncombable hair syndrome' is real: Meet the girls with the unruly manes," by A. Pawlowski, TODAY.com, Aug 3, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-04-30

Scripture: Titus 3:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

How many times have you awakened, looked in the mirror, and said, “Man, I’m having a bad hair day.” Well, for the 100 or so people around the world with the ultra-rare disease, Uncombable Hair Syndrome, they wake up every single morning to that reality. UHS stems from a genetic mutation through which the hair shaft takes on a rather triangular shape, causing the hair to stand up straight from the head, making it impossible for the hair to lay flat. As such, sufferers look unkempt, ungroomed, unruly, all the time.

No amount of effort on their part can manage their “bad hair.” Not rollers, nor, irons, nor gels, nor sprays. 

One might think, just from looking, that these people simply don’t care about their appearance, or are blind to how unkempt and unruly they look. That’s because it takes a deep look into their genetic code to see just what’s really going on.

APPLICATION

For most of us, we look into the mirror and we say to ourselves, “Hey, I don’t look too bad today!” And even if we awaken with a bad hair day, we can pull out the hot rollers or hair gel, and voilà, problem solved. We can present with a fairly tidy appearance. But what if we looked deeper into the mirror, into the core of our being?

At our core, in our soul of souls, we are all unkempt, untidy, and unruly. That’s because we are all born with a spiritual mutation … a sinful nature.

No amount of behavioral grooming can correct it. Oh sure, we can mask it, and present it with a pretty tidy appearance. We can justify it and say that it's not so bad. But we can’t correct it on our own. Only the “washing and renewing” of our spirit can do that.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5, NKJV)

Speck Inspection

Judging Friendship Self-examination

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-10-01

Scripture: Matthew 7:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Most of us learn pretty early on that in a conflict, getting those feelings of hurt and disappointment out there is more likely to end a relationship than to fix it.  But if honesty chases a friend or a partner away, isn't that for the best?

This would be a good time to remember that Jesus said that being honest with others about their faults is like focusing on a “speck” while ignoring the "log" in our own eye.  

That's because when we see a fault in someone else, what we can't see is their true motive or what they've been through to cause them to behave that way.  By contrast, we know all of these things about ourselves. 

As a result, we are in a much better position to see and address our own faults.  They are like a log compared to what we can see in someone else. 

APPLICATION

Because we are all sinful by nature, we operate from an egocentric perspective.  The result is that our relationships suffer not so much from poor communication as from the wrong focus in our communication. 

But what would happen if we approached relationship problems with a focus on fixing ourselves, first?  What if we refused to address the specks in the eyes of others until we had thoroughly dealt with our dysfunctional behavior?  Is it possible that others might be more open to what we have to say about their faults if we admitted our own and did something about them? 

"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye" (Matthew 7:5). 

Are You A Tare Or A Wheat?

Salvation Self-examination Evangelism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-07

Scripture: Matthew 13: ; Matthew 7:14

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

Although the "tares" in Matthew thirteen are described as "the children of the wicked one," sown into the "wheat" field for nefarious reasons, they are, nevertheless, lost souls who need to be reached (v. 38). Every church has them! Some churches have a lot of them!!  As a pastor for some 30 years, I have known far too many professing Christians who were clearly missing something. Whether it was detected in an uncomfortability with worship, a lack of desire to witness to the unreached, an absence of any mention of their personal relationship with Jesus, or the absence of joy in their lives, we've all known good church going people who have left us to wonder about the true nature of their faith.

Wheat and tares can look remarkably alike. But in reality, they are nothing alike. One is a vital plant, full of nourishment. The other is a mere weed, which if left unchecked, will choke out the vitality of the harvest. This is exactly why the Lord Himself used them as an example of unbelievers blending into the body life of the Church. My pastor's heart is greatly burdened for these people. For I am convinced that, although they may be plants, most of them don't realize that about themselves.

To begin the illustration, project an image like the one below as an object lesson for how similar the two can appear.

Are you a "tare" or a "wheat?" This question is really, really important because Jesus warns us that some may genuinely think that they are “wheat,” that they possess a saving faith, when in actuality they are “tares.” It’s not that tares are bad people, in fact, they may be some of the best people any of us will ever meet. That’s the problem!

Tares may be fooled into thinking that they are genuine believers because they look like a genuine believer. After all, they do all the things that genuine believers do, they hangout in all the same places where genuine believers hangout. But just as a tare looks just like a wheat plant in the early stages of its development, these wonderful people can appear to everyone, even to themselves, to be something they’re not.

APPLICATION

If Jesus words give you any cause for pause, then by all means take the time to reflect. Ask yourself, “Is there something missing?” Perhaps, upon reflection, you will realize that there have always been certain things that you never really understood. Perhaps you chalked these things up to meaningless “church talk.” Nevertheless, you have watched other believers get excited about things that you felt no excitement for, or be moved by things that didn’t move you.

Once again, you chalked these experiences up to a case of them being “hyper-religious.” But just because you don’t have a personal experience with something doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Could it be that they have experienced something that you have not yet experienced? Here’s the thing, we don’t know what we don’t know. So, assume you may have missed something, especially when you have the Bible describing salvation as the "narrow way" and warning you that "few will find it" (Matthew 7:14).

Know--that you know--that you know what Jesus is talking about here! I personally know what it is to have been a tare and how it’s different from being a wheat for one reason and for one reason only; I was once a tare and now I’m a wheat! Can you say that? It’s SO important that you not become defensive here. No one is judging you, or claiming to be better than you. That, by the way, is how tares often respond!

The wheat rejoice because they belong to Jesus! Do you have that joy? The wheat rest in the assurance that they are going to heaven because Jesus did all that was required of them! Do you possess that assurance? Search yourself thoroughly here. Don’t be satisfied until you can sing, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see,” and really know what that means!

Prepared For What’s Coming

Self-examination God's Judgment Death

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-30

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2 ; Hebrews 9:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Clean Your Windows

Judging Self-examination Hypocrisy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-30

Scripture: Matthew 7:5

Author: Unknown
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Your Life Stinks

Bible Sanctification Self-examination

Contributed By: William Baker | Date Posted: 2015-06-28

Author: William Baker
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Fear and Dread of the Easter Bunny

Easter God's Accessibility Self-examination

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-04-01

Scripture: Hebrews 10:22

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Killer Bad Breath

Hatred Purity Self-examination

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-28

Scripture: Matthew 15:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Where Are You On The Gratitude Spectrum

Gratitude Happiness Self-examination

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-18

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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I DARE You to Come Out

Appearance Transparency Self-examination

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-22

Scripture: Psalms 139:23

Author: Newser Staff / Illustration Exchange
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