we are healed

It’s that time of year again. We break out all the pastels colours, get ready for the Easter events at church, go out and buy those wonderfully delicious Reese’s peanut butter cream eggs and try not to remember how many calories there are in one…. But, are we really remembering what – and Who – we are celebrating?

 

The other day I was thinking about scars. Β I’m quite a clumsy person and was looking at the amount of scars I have on my body… All (for the most part) with a somewhat comical story behind it, and it reminded me of Christ, and how He humbled Himself to become a human like us, and bears many physical scars… and they are still there even today, and we will see them when He comes back again. But His scars – at least the ones I’m referring to – have such a significance and beauty behind them.

 

As humans, we bear scars in many different ways. Because of sin and the fall, we are scarred physically, mentally, emotionally and sadly, spiritually. Where our scars are, there once were brutal, painful wounds. Real hurts that were deep, and at the time, we thought we’d never recover from.

But in Christ, there is healing. He WILLINGLY took the fall upon Himself for us. He took our pain. He took what we deserved. He bore our sin on His shoulders so we could have new life.

 

Yes, we have scars, but they ultimately represent our healing that is from Christ. They are a reminder of His love – to be willing to heal them, His faithfulness – to heal them without fail, His Deity – to have the ability to heal, His saving grace and our past sin He has redeemed us from.

Christ’s scars are beautiful, because they remind us that He is our atonement for our sin, our Salvation, and the healing balm for our wounds. Where there was once pain, there is now beauty and healing.

At Easter, we celebrate this.

 

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grace & faithfulness

So I`ll be honest.

In the last few months since I`ve written last I`ve learned a lot. Grown a lot. Been hurt a lot. At times been quite distant from God, and since then have been drawn close to God again. In many ways this past year has been the most monumental year of my life.

The two main things that I`ve learned most about is the depth of God`s GRACE and His FAITHFULNESS.

He. Is. Faithful.

This means that He is never changing. He won`t give up on us. He is – and will be – who He told us He is in His Word. No matter what we walk through, He will be there taking care of us.

When we feel distant from God, it is not HE who is distant from us, but we who are distant from HIM. He will NEVER leave us, and when we are ready to repent and be drawn into the Lord again, He is standing there with open arms, welcoming us back into fellowship with Him.

No matter what we`ve done, what we`ve said or where we`ve been is too much for God to not want to forgive us. No sin is new under the sun, and every sin is equal. If we have a repentant heart, God will change us and make us more like Himself. He will give us BEAUTY for our ASHES – and for NO other reason than the fact that He loves us. (I`ll never understand this one..it completely overwhelms my heart.)

`But You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.` – Psalm 86:15

`If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.` – 1 John 1:9

His grace is sufficient.

This is something I`ve been learning most recently. Over and over I have had the phrase `My grace is sufficient for you` in my head. When I`m out walking, while I`m falling asleep, and when I`m in a moment of weakness. He is abounding in GRACE. God`s grace is so deep and far beyond our comprehension… His love and grace will never run Continue reading