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Friday, February 3, 2017

Risen With Scars - What Now?

February 3

(Psalms 147:1-3 NIV) "Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! {2} The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. {3} He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."

(Galatians 6:17 NIV) "Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus."

When Jesus rose from the dead, He bore the scars of this world. It will be the same for His disciples. God will bind up our wounds, but not remove our scars. They will remain to bring glory to the Savior. Maybe it’s time to stop asking for God to heal and remove your scars. They can be a great asset to the Kingdom. Instead of complaining about them, start praying for the power to overcome them, and then use them for the glory of God. While we work at that, we must also guard against idolizing our scars. We can easily begin to focus on the scars, rather than the Savior. Our scars should never become the dominant theme of our conversation. They should complement our testimony, not co-opt it. They are footnotes in our history, not the main story. Jesus, the Healer of our past, and our bright Hope for tomorrow, should be the dominant theme of our present witness. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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