Posts Tagged ‘scars’

  

“Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” (Deuteronomy‬ ‭7‬:‭6‬ NLT)

As I sat at the Burger King restaurant last night after church, I was privileged to be hanging out with some special friends, the ladies from Teen Challenge in Russellville, AR. I sat listening to their stories, where they came from, the addictions and past scars they are seeking to overcome, and the scriptures that they are standing on to accomplish it. To me, I was sitting amongst the bravest heroes I had ever met: Those that will truly fight their personal demons!

One of them shared this verse with me and it immediately struck my heart. How many of us sit in our regrets, stained by sin and failure, cultivating and perfecting the hatred we feel for ourselves to the point that we could NEVER see ourselves as treasurable? I would dare say that it would be all of us and probably occurs everyday. 

So here is a word of hope for today! You are truly a treasure to God! Don’t focus on the failed opinions of others or even yourself. Get to know God’s loving thoughts towards you and grow in that beautiful relationship! You are free to be loved today! 

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From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus.” (Galatians 6:17 NLT)

Scars have a way of binding us to others. Soldiers wounded in battle together often have a greater camaraderie that outlasts their war. Mothers view their birthing scars as signs of love for their child. Even athletes have been known to brand their skin as a sign of team loyalty. Ouch!

Paul’s scars came out of his living for Christ; they were punishment inflected by those antagonistic towards Christianity. Yet he wore his scars as badges of honor so that the world could see his loyalty and devotion to God. He was not ashamed of his Savior, and no one was about to question his character!

Maybe you have wounds from walking the Christ Life. Be proud of sacrifices you’ve made for faithfulness. Not everyone is so embracing of how we live or what we believe. Their inflicted pain hurts us inside, but they heal into something wonderful: the tie that binds in love and identity to our Lord! You are loved today! His scars prove it!

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