This is day two of my letter.
To my most loved _____________,
We spoke about the “visible scars” of your past. It grieves me when people, even Christians, judge you based on your appearance. Please, never give these people the power to make you feel like you are any less loved by God.
First, everyone has scars from our past regardless if other people can see them or not. We all have done things of which we are ashamed. The average person can hide those scars. Whether they are physical scars or emotional scars, we all have them.
Unfortunately, the average Christian has difficulty accepting those with the visible reminders of the past because most people can hide what they do. A bad relationship, a past of alcoholism, or even a jail sentence can be hidden as long as the person doesn’t speak about it. We would like to erase the past and forget that some things never happened, but we can not.
Christians need to remember the story of Samuel when God sent him to the house of Jesse to choose the next king of Israel. Samuel saw the sons of Jesse and thought God would choose the other sons. Surely the one who was handsome or the one who was strong would be the next king. No, God wanted Samuel to anoint the head of a young shepherd boy named David.
I Samuel 16:7 ” But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”
What is more important? The visible scars of your past or that you are an obedient, growing Christian?
The book of James reminds us of another danger of judging people based on wealth.
“1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”
Whether we judge people based on money or physical appearance, the only reason we should be kind to a person is because they are a human being.
Never, never allow someone make you feel badly because of the visible evidence of your past because Christ has scars too. He bore our sins for us in His own body on the tree.
Isaiah 53: 3-5
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
38 “And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.”
Christ took our sins upon Himself to forgive us. You have physical reminders of your past. The love of God sent His Son to the cross for even those parts of your life. They are forgiven. If someone, even a Christian reminds you of the scars, remind them that they are forgiven by the blood of Christ. When God forgives our sin, the Bible says He chooses to remember it no more. Therefore, another Christian should extend the same grace to you as well.
Honestly, I think of the evidence of your past as a beautiful testimony of God’s grace and love. You aren’t that person anymore. I can hear it in your voice when we speak. I can see it in your face in pictures. It is obvious there is a change in your life.
3 “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”
The best part of all is that God gives us a promise. He promises to give us new bodies. He will wipe away all tears. He removes the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and even the emotional pain. Can I get an Amen? That also means the visible evidence of our previous lives will be removed as well.
I love you, but God loves you so much more. God loves you enough to die on a cross to forgive your sins. I don’t know many people who would do that.
” Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10