August 23, 2021
always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body – 2 Corinthians 4:10
When I was around 12 or 13, my brother hit me in the eye with a rock. I saw the rock coming, but I couldn’t move out of the way fast enough. Bam! It hit me square in my right eye. I don’t think he was trying to hit me in the eye, but he was definitely trying to hit me. Knowing us, we were throwing rocks at each other for fun.
I was thinking about this incident on my walk the other morning. Over the years, I have sustained many injuries. A scar on my knee from falling on my bike. A scar on my shin from a rug burn. A mark on my arm from an incident I don’t even remember.
I have had my share of painful experiences. I’ve got the scars to prove it. Some of those scars came from people who were close to me, like my brother.
But the scars don’t hurt.
The scars formed because I stopped picking at the injury – stopped fixating on it – and allowed the hurt to heal. See, scars happen when the body begins to heal itself and replace the skin that has been lost. So, scars are evidence that healing has happened.
As you navigate marriage and close relationships, you will sustain injuries. Like my brother and I in our immaturity, you may do some unwise things that cause pain. Harsh words, broken trust, unmet expectations, and even carelessness can cause deep wounds. The pain can seem so great that we wonder if it will ever heal; if we will ever be okay again.
But the pain won’t last forever. Eventually, those really deep cuts will develop a scar if we allow healing to take place.
Scars can actually be beautiful reminders of victory. After all, our savior had a few scars too. Nail prints in his hands and feet, reminded the disciples that he conquered death, hell, and the grave. His scars guarantee that we will conquer as well.
Take some time this week to thank God for the scars. Thank Him for the scars that Jesus had on His body, and the scars that you carry in yours. They are battle wounds that should remind you of victory.
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