Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Scars of Life

God created our bodies in such a way that they can repair themselves when damaged. If you break a bone over time cells will mend the break. If you cut your flesh it will eventually grow new tissue over the opening and heal. Is the new tissue the same? Most of the time there is what we call scars. The scar is sometimes raised from the skin, or another tone of skin color. Many people are ashamed of scars because it shows a slight imperfection in there body. Others wear them proudly because they came through great trial and sacrifice such as fighting to protect our freedoms in this great nation. The scars that are worn by most are not always visible. They are deep within, they have been caused by friends, relatives, spouses, and parents. Many of these scars are even self-inflicted. These are the scars of SIN.

I know in my life sin has caused many wounds not only to myself, but to the people around me as well. I have lied, cheated, stolen, cursed, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes it was a little paper cut of gossip, but at other times it was the sweeping swing of the sword that cut deep into the heart. How do these wounds get healed? Our bodies weren't made to repair and restore wounds of this magnitude. Why didn't our Creator design us to heal emotional scars? I don't know the answer to why, but I do know the answer of who. Who can heal these blemishes and lacerations of emotions and character? God

In Psalm 147 he says "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up there wounds" . God is the only source of healing our emotional wounds. We can look to other places to find comfort and healing. This world offers drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, and religions. All these seem to help for a short while, but never have lasting and sustainable results. The drugs wear off, early morning hangovers, sexually transmitted diseases, broken marriages and false hopes are the only guaranteed results of the worlds answers.

The only one true answer is a life of surrender to the our creator and life giving God. He promises to heal and restore what is broken and lost. Sounds easy and simple? Yes and no, it is easy to say yes to him with words, but can you say it with your life? Can you turn over all your thoughts, words, and actions to him on a daily basis? For me it was not easy, but so beneficial. It can be an hour by hour process or day by day. All he wants is you to make the first step toward him.........


  1. Amen, Gary! It is cool that part of His plan for healing is through His Body, The Church, which I know you have experienced through home fellowship groups in which you have led with transparency, and invite the practice of 'Confessing your sins one to another, praying for each other, and you will be healed'(James 5:16)

    I appreciate that you have debunked the illusion that any temporary feel good is inadequate in the end. How did you personally reach that conclusion, and how did you lay them down? How do you avoid picking them back up?

    Blessings, Jeff

  2. I thought of this just this morning when I heard the song "Heal the Wound But Leave the Scar"

  3. Gary,
    I love you and am so proud of you and the good work that God is doing through you! You are the light of my life here on this earth!! I love you.