The esteemed quote “what you see is what you get” has misguided the minds of many people for years. In all actuality, what you see, is very seldom what you get… You see behind the clothing labels, behind the titles, behind the MAC, behind the expensive handbags, and behind the smile lives a person who is silently scarred. Scarred from rejection, scarred from emotional AND physical pain, scarred from shame, scarred from insecurities, scarred from past life events, scarred from discontentment, and lingering scars that are disguised as friends. A scar goes way beyond the physical attributes of an outstanding mark, it is also an aftereffect of trouble (a thought), a trace of injury, and a symbol of a former stain (emotional or physical).
Side Note-Isn’t it good to know, that even though you’re scarred you can still move to the next level in Christ. You see, Psalms 119:71 states “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn your statutes” So I ask, did your affliction force you to learn more about righteousness?
Everything that occurs in life will not be fair, for the scripture tells us that it rains on the just as well as the unjust (refer to Matthew 5:45) meaning just because you are obedient does not exempt you from trials and tribulations. Is it right, maybe not! But the trials you experience ultimately brings you closer to Christ. I encourage you to release every scar of your past, every image that lingers causing so much emotional pain, and every PERSON that constantly reminds you of who you were or the behaviors of your past. Reflect on II Corinthians 5:17-19. Versus 17-18 states “Therefore if any person is in Christ he is a new creation; the old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold, the flesh and new has come. But all things are from GOD, who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”. It’s time to take those bricks thrown by others and use them to build a solid foundation to stand on. Oprah Winfrey said it best, “Turn your wounds into wisdom”
Not everyone openly discuss issues that they face behind closed doors. And that is perfectly okay, however; if you are just holding in those scars just to “appear” okay, let me be the first to tell you that there is NOTHING safe about that. What I’ve learned to do is first acknowledge my scars. Then I fall to my face and pray about it and ask to be guided to Godly Counsel because life has a way of breaking you down. Brothers and sisters in Christ, there are clearly certain situations that you will have to openly discuss (note: I said openly not publicly). If you are surrounded by people all the time and still do not have support while in your weak moments, then you may need to change the people that surround you. Why is that important you ask? Here’s why; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 states “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow, But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up”.
Friends, social media has provided a platform for people to mask their feelings behind post that are opposite of who they are and what they are truly feeling. Not to discredit social media, because it has its amazing advantages also. However, please be mindful that emotionality goes way beyond a social media post.
It really is refreshing to Let GO and Let GOD. The only reason those scars have yet to heal is because your silence is pulling the scab causing that same dried up wound to bleed every time you ignore the pain. Do you mind if I let you in on a little secret, God says in Hebrews 13:5 “Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.” Verse 6 goes on to say that “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid”. Do not be afraid to release. The Lord is aware of your struggles, he’s simply waiting for you to hand them over so he can repair you. Please note: Your scars are not only there to prepare you for your next level but to also remind you that you won the battle. Ever heard the Gospel hymn “I’m on the Battlefield for my Lord”? That song is absolutely correct. Our everyday lives are a battlefield, and while on the battlefield you will receive scars. But once you win the battle, the Lord will honor you will metals and ribbons (blessings). So, don’t be afraid to face them. Facing your scars today brings you one step closer to uninterrupted blessings tomorrow.
It truly breaks my heart to know that we’ve transitioned to an era where many people are suffering alone because of the thought of humiliation or the “shade” that comes with someone knowing your struggles. Pain should not be mocked! Did you know that since the rise of social media, suicide has increased? Cyber bullying is real, and as Christians let us find pleasure in quoting scriptures that empower, encourage, and uplift not maliciously attempt to convict GOD’s children.
If only the silence was broken… Will you stand up and allow GOD to heal your scars? Will you release yesterday, boldly face today, and move to a better tomorrow? Proverbs 18:10 says “The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe”. Are you ready to be safe? Meditate on Psalm 46:1 “GOD IS our refuge and strength, a present and well proved help in times of trouble”.
In this season, choose to heal. Place some spiritual Neosporin on your scars and watch GOD work!!!!
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You may have been broken, but I declare that NOW you are healed…
Until next time, release and be free…