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.
In his book It’s Not What You Think, Jefferson Bethke wrote, “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. Psalm 147:3 states, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
God has more in store for the embarrassing, ugly, and hurtful sins of our pasts along with the 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. Rather, He wants us to live 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. Instead, they provide opportunities for us to grow closer to God, rely on His strength, and encourage others who will face the same struggles we have experienced.
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 in us and for us.
God’s love for you isn’t based off of your behavior or anything you could ever do on your own. 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.