Invisible scars

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By Dave Henning / April 7, 2015

In Chapter 4 (“The Thing About Scars”) of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, Sara Horn states that most people who have physical scars have stories to go with them.  However, not all scars can be seen by our eyes.

Invisible scars are deep wounds that remain with us and take a long time to heal.  Even after they heal, invisible scars are almost impossible to forget.  Sara emphasizes that if those invisible scars aren’t given more time to properly heal, we may add several more scars of our own doing.  Scars from the deep hurt of great loss, such as the loss of ministry or vocation, don’t always cover up what hurt us in the first place.

That’s why, Sara adds, when we talk about forgiveness we must deal with the really hard stuff that is extremely hard to forgive, let go, or even think about and discuss.  These invisible scars don’t just play a part in our past, but affect our future as well.

Sara points out that one fact about a scar is that even if we change our environment, situation, or circumstances, we still may feel the same way as when we first received the scar.  Jesus is the only one who will ever fully understand our hurts.  As we turn to Him for help, He enables us to forgive and let go.

Today’s question: What Scriptures have been foundational in the process of your healing?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Healing is a process”

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