8th June 2017

The Scars of Life 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Following a heart bypass operation last year, I now have a scar from just below my collarbone down to the centre of my chest, a long scar on my right leg from my ankle to mid thigh, and a short scar on my lower left leg just above my ankle. The leg scars are from where they take veins to bypass the blocked coronary arteries. The chest scar is where your chest is opened to give the medical team access to your heart.

As they are physical scars they have already faded quite a bit, but they will always be visible. But how many people do we meet who have emotional and spiritual scars which we can’t see? Emotional scars from a bad childhood, a difficult time at school, from the loss of a parent through divorce or death, from a bad environment at home or work? Perhaps emotional scars from alcoholism, drug misuse, financial pressures or health problems. Or even spiritual scars from being force fed religion, or constantly being told that they are sinners and will go to hell.

How can people heal invisible emotional or spiritual scars? One way is by asking God to heal them spiritually and emotionally. The verse above invites us all to seek rest from God when we are weary or burdened. Even more specifically 1 Peter 5.6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.”

In essence, God is inviting you to hand over your problems to him and let him take care of them with you. Sometimes the response is virtually immediate, sometimes it will take a longer period, maybe even years, but God will hear and he will respond. Emotional and mental scars can be very deep and taking them to God may seem a strange thing to do, but it could be your first step to healing them totally and completely.

How then does that relate to using medical professionals or trained counselors to treat severe depression, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, or even mental problems? The answer is that they may be the very people God uses to help you. When the bible says God is love in 1 John 4:7-8, not only is it revealing God’s character, his innermost being, but it is also telling you that God loves you right now. Are you ready to respond?

Prayer
Loving Father, people are like peaches, needing gentle handling to avoid being bruised, but so often in this world today they are battered by life. Please reveal your gentle caring love to those who need spiritual or emotional healing. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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