the scars remain

By Pastor Mark Jordan

But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.” (1 John 1:9, CEB)

Today’s verse is good news, isn’t it? If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse. I know I need to know that. I venture a guess you do, too. Right?

God is faithful and just to forgive, but the consequences must still be dealt with. Though God forgives, the scars of sinful mistakes remain. Though the scars remain, God isn’t done helping you. God grants grace and strength to help you in the process of confessing and seeking forgiveness from others. He also wants you to trust that He is working and through others to bring help, hope, and healing.

Yes, the scars might remain, but this is where we get another look at healing. As you might know, scar tissue is stronger than normal tissue, as a result of the healing. Through God’s help, hope, and healing, He wants you to know that though the scars remain, you are stronger than you would be without the whole process.

God forgives you of your sins. Yes, there might very well be some scars that remain, but may they also help prove to you that you are stronger than you think. God’s strength is now your strength, so live into it, and let that knowledge help you in your relationships with others.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for being faithful and just to forgive. I praise you for that! Help me to know that though I still have scars, your healing help makes me stronger. May that strength and knowledge enable me to live with you and others, even when I fall short. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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