Do you have the kind of deep scars in your heart that seem to never heal, you know what I’m talking about—pain that resurfaces when triggered by the wrong circumstances sweeps you like a rip-tide, back into the horror of the experience? Of my own pain, I’ve wondered: “Will these scars ever heal? Will I ever stop remembering and re-living it?”
When I find myself in this place of desperation and I turn to God, His love is faithful to heal the wounds that pain threatens to re-open.
When we REMEMBER how much WE ARE LOVED by God we open our heart so He can HEAL the scars. But to remember, we must PURSUE His love! Why? Because “love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) As God’s love heals us, we are freed to forgive others for the pain and our wounds are stitched together with the strong thread of HIS love. Forgiveness promotes deep healing. God’s forgiveness toward us, is like a balm of humility which enables us to heal by forgiving others.
God’s love frees us to do much MORE than forgive—we learn to really LIVE!
The Bible says: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:12-15)
God’s love opens our heart to forgiveness which frees us from pain and fear and allows us to LOVE like Christ. We LIVE with His peace “ruling” our hearts! God’s perfect love heals our scars and we are enabled to bind the wounds of others in the healing touch of His love.
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