I stood before the mirror that was reflecting my image. Hesitantly I began to peel back the bandage that would reveal my scar. I wasn’t ready to see where my surgery had taken place on my left clavicle…but ready or not, I had to change the bandage. “I can do this, I have to do this” were the thoughts going through my mind. Holding my breath I peeled away the four corners then the middle, and there it was. My scar.
This scar, my scar will be with me for the rest of my life…a reminder.
Jesus bore many scars for you and for me.
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NLT
The scars that Jesus had on his body are beautiful reminders of his love for us.
“Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.” 1 Peter 4:1-2 MSG
Our hearts can bear scars. Scars that are black and crusted over from not wanting to let go and let God take them away.
It doesn’t take the enemy long to tyrannize you, by making you think his way it the best way…oh, and how sneaky he is my friend. Just give him that foot hold and see how he does it!
The world will try to battle for my heart…but the war is already won.
Too many times I have wanted to hold on to those black crusty places on my heart…but the more I keep holding on to them, thinking I am justified in doing so, my heart becomes more scarred.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NIV
A black scarred heart can be turned into something beautiful, steadfast and secure, filled with God’s mercy and love.
“Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear.” Psalm 112: 1, 7-8 NIV
My scar that will stay with me forever, is a reminder of God’s love and protection upon me. A beautiful scar that says…
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 HCSB