ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
Very few of us think much about the scars we bear on our physical bodies. They can be incurred in childhood by reckless and daring behavior, through industrial accidents, by participating in sports and adventures, in a war, or by many other causes.
When we do observe them it might cause us to reflect and vow to avoid some past behaviors. They certainly should remind us that healing did take place and we no longer have the open wound.
In our spiritual lives we also carry scars. We just wear them on our hearts and minds. They can be caused by the behavior of others through words and deeds. The causes are many and painful: insults, rebuffs, gossip, betrayal and abuse.
However, perhaps the most painful memories are in realizing that most of our scars have been self-inflicted by sin which wears many hats: neglect, apathy, rebellion, and many others.
So the question becomes, are these spiritual wounds healed or are they still fresh and open? Spiritual scars can and should be healed in a Christian. Why? Isaiah helps us understand, "Surely he took our infirmities and carried our sorrows...
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities: the punishment that brought peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." ( Isa. 53:4-5).
We receive this marvelous healing through our union with Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:26-27). But if we fall away and fail to return, we reopen our wounds and those of our Lord. (Heb. 6:4-6) May it never be. (Rom. 6:1-2)
For His Cause,