Matt Redman, wrote a song called, ‘It is Well’. The song starts with these profound lines: ‘Our scars are a sign of grace in our lives, Oh Father, how you brought us through’. Scars tell a story… it tells the story of wounds that have healed. They are a reminder that we were wounded but that we came through it, through Jesus grace and love. Scars may remind us of life battles or struggles- reminding that us that we came through the battle, through Jesus grace and love. I am speaking here of life scars as opposed to physical scars.
Scars can remain with us, throughout our lives, reminding us in a positive way of the Lord’s grace, presence and power in our lives, in the darkest hours of our life. John explains it this way: ‘And of His fullness we have all received grace upon grace’ (John 1:16). These scars become part of our life story, our life song. They are what the Lord’s grace gives us as a way and means of connecting with others in their darkest hours. Paul writes this, ‘But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them- yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.’ (1 Corinthians 15:10)
Scars are a living testament in our lives of wounds that have healed. But what about wounds that have not become scars. Can they tell the same story as scars? Sadly, they can’t tell the same story. Let me explain: the difference between a wound and a scar is very simple; a wound is an open ‘infected’ area in our life that is in great need of healing. A scar, as I have shared above, is simply the proof that the Lord has been at work. It is evidence of His touch and the testimony to others of His healing power. Scars are areas of our lives, where we have allowed the Lord Jesus to forgive us and others who have wronged us; where we have allowed Him to heal us and to free us from the chains of unforgiveness, shame and rejection (among many forms of oppression). Wounds are areas of pain, regret, shame and oppression, where we have not allowed Jesus grace and love to forgive, to heal and to set us free.
When you brush a wound, it opens up again and festers. This will happen over and over again until we allow Jesus to bring us inner healing through His grace, love, forgiveness and redemption.
Do you have scars in your life, or do you have wounds? If you have wounds, decide today to allow Jesus, by His Spirit, to come and begin a process of inner healing in your life. Allow Him, by His Spirit to convict you of unforgiveness, and also to show you areas of shame, rejection and oppression in your life. Then hand them over to Him. In Jesus name take authority over the strongholds of shame, rejection, abuse and unforgiveness. Release forgiveness to those who have wronged you, and receive the Lord’s forgiveness where you have wronged others. Seek to make right with those you are nor right with. If you need someone to walk with you, speak to me, and I will journey with you or refer you to someone to walk with you.
Don’t let your wounds fester anymore; let Jesus in and let Him heal your wounds, so that they become scars… scars that tell the story of His redeeming grace in Your life.
‘Surely, He took up our pain, and bore our suffering… He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.’ (Isaiah 53:4-5)
Bless you all,