Scars on the Heart – Healing Wounds

Scars Are a Sign of Healing

We don’t like scars on our bodies. Most people view scars as ugly flaws. We sometimes go to great lengths to hide our scars from others. However, scars are a sign that we are survivors. We were sick and wounded, but now, we’re healed.

I’ve had stitches twice in my life. Once, when I was small, I sliced my wrist on the mouth of an open can. The wound required stitches, and this many years later, the scar is difficult to see.

The second occasion for stitches came with my fourth child. My joke about “the prince” is that when he was born–the only male grandchild on either side of the family–I had to have an emergency C-section because he was wearing a crown.  No. I don’t show off that scar even though I’m proud to wear it. Nobody needs to see that!

Christ's Reflections

Healing Wounds

Like our physical scars, our spiritual scars are a sign of healing.  God gave us new hearts and cut away the fatal disease of sin from our souls. He placed a seal, a sign, on our hearts to show that we belong to Him. We have survived death to self, and we are living a new life. A life of grace. A life of hope. A life of love and spiritual peace.

Jesus, The Gentle Healer

Isaiah predicted that the Messiah would be gentle and compassionate: “…a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench….” Isaiah 42:3

The accounts of his miracles bear this out. My favorite is the healing of the woman with the discharge of blood. Jesus could have let her actions go without mention, but he chose to do more than restore her health. He restored her status in the community by singling her out. What seems like a rather embarrassing encounter was, in fact, an act of mercy and deep understanding on his part. Mark 5:24-34

The Pain of the Cut

Christ’s mercy and understanding still flows over us. However, there is pain associated with cutting the world away. Anyone who is struggling with any kind of sin knows this to be true. The fight against an addiction, for instance, causes emotional distress and physical symptoms. But, new mercy is present every morning. God’s understanding is soul deep. The Holy Spirit cries out in harmony with ours. Healing happens. Faith grows.

Sometimes, the believer’s relationships with others are damaged or severed because of faith in Christ. This cut does indeed bring pain! This is the paradox of faith; the gospel that brings joy, peace, and salvation also bring pain, sorrow, and division. Christ warned us that his gospel would cause division:

“Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:51-53

This painful reality must not hold us back. The believer receives a much larger, eternal family. Even Christ endured the unbelief and misunderstanding of his family, his hometown, his people, and at the last, of the whole world. Can we do less?

However, God doesn’t desert us in our distress. On the contrary: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

He Bears the Scars of Our Wounds

“But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

Our pain and His are mutual. Shared. But, Jesus has born the brunt of the suffering, and because of the great joy of our salvation, we are glad to join in suffering for the sake of the good news we offer to the world.

“For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ…and attain the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:8-11

The pain of the cut is real. The scars exist. But, the pain is worth it in the end to receive eternal life.

Have you experienced healing in your life? 

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