“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV)

We are in Holy Week. Christians around the world will be celebrating Holy Week. This is a time of remembrance of how Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples. He knew His time on earth was coming to an end, so He showed a simple act of love and kindness by washing His disciples’ feet on Holy Thursday. Then, on Good Friday, He was nailed to the Cross. Leaving scars on His hands, feet, head, and side. Jesus’ scars represent His sacrifice for our sins.

Unlike Jesus, we all have physical and emotional scars. So, how do we embrace our scars? We can embrace our scars, but we should not dwell on them by continuing to put one foot in front of the other. We should remind ourselves that we may be survivors of difficult life events, but we do not need to be victims.

A story was told about a young girl who sustained third-degree burns on seventeen percent of the right side of her body in May 2021, when she was only eight years old. She was medevacked from Plainfield High School to The Burn Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center. Two years later, as this young girl recounts portions of her experience from her time in the hospital, she said her right eye was closed and scabbed. She also remembers undergoing skin graft surgery and her right leg being bandaged.This young girl went from being a burn victim to a motivational speaker. One of the things that is so profound about this little girl’s story is what she said about her scars; she said, “I make these burns look good.”

Just like the little girl, the scars on our bodies tell a beautiful story of how we overcame pain or bruises that came with crazy adventures and bold attempts in our lives. They remind us of our reckless days and sleepless nights. They remind us that eventually, the wounds heal, and the pain slowly fades away.

The scripture promises that God will bring healing to our scars. Psalm 147:3 says, “God heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” He lovingly wraps His strong arms around us and gently whispers, “These scars are part of your story, and I think they are beautiful.”

So, how does God use our scars? God, through Christ, uses our wounds for His purpose. The “scars” that sin caused are the very things the devil uses to “mark” us, but God uses them to “mark” us for His glory. When we receive the Lord Jesus as our savior, our “scars” are erased.

Faith Step:
When you look at your scars, what do you see? Do you see strength, beauty, and resilience, or do you see ugliness? Our scars tell a story of what we have endured. They show survivorship.

Heavenly Father, thank you for Your healing and restoration as we live with our scars. May we see our scars as testimonies of Your grace and strength.
Please work in the lives of all those who are suffering from physical and emotional scars. Give us the courage – reminding us that Your Spirit lives inside of us. And because of that, we can walk in Your power and peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Written by Donnis Prass





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