What wounds are you hiding?
God desires to use the nasty, embarrassing, and hurtful wounds we hide to tell beautiful stories of hope and redemption.
I was inspired to write this post from a thought mentioned in Jefferson Bethke’s book It’s Not What You Think. He states: “Only when a wound is a scar will we let it tell a story.”
God is the only One Who can heal our hearts and wounds.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Psalm 147:3
God has more in store for the embarrassing, ugly, and hurtful sins of our past or mistakes of our present. Once we ask for forgiveness, Jesus doesn’t hold our past sins or mistakes against us. He doesn’t want us to live feeling guilty, but, rather, free.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” -Genesis 50:20
Hard times and hurtful experiences are not to harm us, but to provide opportunities to grow in our faith, rely on God strength, and encourage others who will face the same struggles.
The difference between wounds and scars is we hide wounds, but are proud to tell others the stories behind our scars. Scars show that although we’ve experienced pain, we’ve been healed. Scars provide opportunities to share what God has done for and in us.
His love for you isn’t based off of your behavior or anything you could ever do. His love is given freely by grace, and nothing can separate you from it.
I challenge you to stop hiding your wounds, allow Jesus to be your Healer, and share God’s goodness through your scars.