scars
A reminder of healing

 By Matthew Brewer

Scars….we all have them. Whether the scars result from something physical or emotional, we have all experienced a scar of some kind in our lives. Are physical scars painful? That is debatable. Some have suggested that they still rack of pain months and even years after some painful scar. I have had a few scars in my life. None of the physical scars cause me any pain. When I look at the scar, I do remember what happened, but it does not continue to physically hurt me.

Emotional scarring is so different. The heart is tender, and when it is broken, sometimes the damage seems irreparable. As Christians, we know that God can repair all of our brokenness, but let’s face it….we are still humans, and in our frailty as a human, oftentimes we still hurt. That doesn’t make us less of a Christian. That doesn’t make us less of a Child of God. What that makes us is a real-live human being with human frailty who is not perfect.

As Christians we know that all of the physical and emotional scars of our lives were placed on Jesus as he hung dying for our sins. Every bad thing that could and will ever happen to us, he endured the pain at Calvary. He bore the scars of my life and of your life.

Now looking at a scar, I try not to remember what caused the scar, but rather, I try to remember that healing has taken place. Scars sometimes remind me of times I should have listened but didn’t. Ultimately though, scars are a reminder of the healing that has happened in our mind, body, and soul. Scars will always be with us, and so will the ONE who healed us!

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
II Corinthians 4: 8-10

Matthew Brewer
Guest Blogger
Matthew Brewer has been in the Memphis area since 2003, and in that time, he has been no stranger to the wonderful southern cuisine found here in the Mid-South.  He graduated from West Liberty State College, received his masters from University of Louisiana at Monroe, and his D.Min from Andersonville Theological Seminary.  He is employed by Shelby County Schools as a PLC Coach, pastors Grace Gathering Church, and in his spare time, does marketing for his Wife, Jennifer’s custom Jewelry Company, Jentegrity Jewelry, located in Cordova.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, quiet evenings at home, dinners with friends, and lots of family time.

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