Luke 7:36-8:3, Psalm 32:1-11, and 2 Samuel 11
The woman leans down to Jesus’ feet. She washes them, oils them and kisses them. Her past haunts her. Jesus gives her a reprieve from that past. Her scars slowly disappear as she spends time serving Jesus.
The guilt sweeps over King David as he realizes the sins he has committed. His first child is taken from him because of his bad choices. He has taken another life just so he can have the pleasure of Bathsheba as his own. His scars are deep. He goes into solitude to pray for peace. He seeks healing of his scars.
A mother morns the death of her son. She hears the people around her snickering and talking about him. She knows the truth. Her scars are deep, yet peace overwhelms her. Her son is the King of the Jews. He heals her scars as she sits below the cross, watching Him die.
Paul chose to imprison and kill many Christians. He was a Roman Jew who followed the law. He inflicted so much pain and suffering upon people who didn’t deserve it. His choices were poor. God found Paul. He healed him of his past life and gave him a new life. A life filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul’s scars slowly disappeared as he allowed God to enter his soul.
Scars are injuries that cause us deep pain and intense damage. We all have scars.
Scars from words used to insult us.
Scars from people judging us.
Scars caused by friends striking us down with their actions toward us.
Scars from our own pride being struck down by humility.
Scars from the bad choices that have infected our souls.
Scars from the things we have done and said to others.
Scars from our past.
We don’t have to be the victim to have scars. Inflicting others with scars, unknowingly scars us.
Yet just like the woman who washed Jesus’ feet, King David who killed to gain his lover, Paul who abused and tortured people just because of their beliefs, and Mary who watched her own son be beaten, humiliated and killed upon a cross; our scars can be healed.
Just one touch from Jesus will wash away our scars. He heals us from them because He loves us so much. Whether we are the victim of scars or the inflictor of scars, He will offer us forgiveness. Our past will be used for the good of His Kingdom. Our scars will be wiped away in order to serve Jesus.
Until we allow the healing to begin, our scars will weigh heavily on us. Our burdens will be unbearable. Our load will be too heavy to bear.
Let the weight of your scars be lifted from you. Pray as King David did in this Psalm:
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble… You surround me with songs of victory. Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
Trust the Lord with your scars. Go to Him for the healing power of his wonderful grace.