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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Redeeming Our Past

February 1

(Lamentations 3:58 NIV) "O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life."

(Job 33:28 NIV) "He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light."

(Romans 3:23-24 NIV) "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, {24} and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."

(Ephesians 1:7 NIV) "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace"

Jesus is not in the scar removal business -- He is in the scar redemption business. Redemption is one of God’s most marvelous gifts. Like the virtually worthless paper coupon that we can “redeem” at a store, God’s redemption can take a life of little worth and make it into something of great value. Those “worthless” scars that we scorn and lament can be redeemed and used for the glory of God. What looks ugly to us can become something of great beauty when placed into the hands of Jesus. The wounds that caused us pain can be used to bring comfort to other wounded people. The trauma that caused us sleepless nights can bring hope to those in need of rest. Our scars, the constant reminders of damage done, can become instruments of healing. God wastes no experience. Give your scars to the Lord. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day 

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