Fresh Hope – 15th June 2018

We are surrounded by the impulsive pressures of being perfect. The makeup lines provide us with cover ups that are “necessary” to looking our best. Social media has become a window in which we share the greatest edited versions of ourselves and we almost always want to talk about the good things that have happened in our lives and shy away from talking about the challenges we have faced. Are we doing so at the risk of hiding the beautiful scars that God has healed for the sole purpose of sharing hope to others?

It’s easy to believe the lie that our mistakes and imperfections are undesirable or that the healing God has produced in our lives needs to be hidden and covered, in attempts to eliminate our shame from past mistakes.

Embracing ‘your story’ can be a challenge and it’s easy to feel contempt, instead of thankfulness, in our individual testimonies and stories of salvation. But we must understand that it’s the scars that we’ve healed from that make the loudest statement to the grace and goodness of God.

So many of us came to Christ because of brokenness – broken hopes, broken hearts, and broken dreams. But it was His loving kindness that healed us and He desires that we boast in Him about the good things He has done in order to give hope to others who need it most. To boast in this case does not mean to show off but means to ‘proclaim’, and as Paul did, so should we: to proclaim that God’s love and power perfects us in our imperfect places!

Human error and the shame that comes with sin makes it so easy to hate parts of our testimonies. But God declares that He will forget our transgressions (because He is gracious) through confession (Hebrews 8:12). We are not always as gracious to ourselves.

Often times, we think becoming a Christian is about a perfect life; yes our lives are made perfect but only through Christ, not our own human efforts. We put people on pedestals for their abstinence, their seemingly perfect marriages, areas in their lives that are seemingly blooming and their blessings. But we must know that it is healed scars and brokenness that the world needs to hear more of because there are people facing situations and they feel like there is no hope for them.

No one is perfect and everyone has faced challenges that made them feel like they were walking through the fire at one point in their lives. No one lives without their share of heartache and each of us experience growth in seasons of discomfort and challenge. Don’t be afraid to show your scars, because it is the beauty out of our ashes that attracts the world to Jesus!

No matter where you are in your life right now, no matter the pain, the shame or the confusion, you are dearly loved and you are never alone. In Christ, you have a hope for a future (Jeremiah 29:11) and that future involves living your life to declare the goodness and the glory of God!

You are victorious.  Do not disqualify your scars – they are your testimony and proof of what God has done in your life. Someone somewhere needs to hear it! Someone needs to know there is hope for them too.

Christine Mudenha

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