Scars – those things we have faced in our lives that hurt are never fun. Even in the midst of being healed by God, the process can be painful.

Sometimes those scars are not things of our own doing. There often isn’t anything you can do about the we were born with. Some things that happened to us were things over which we had no control. Other times they are due to unwise decisions or purposeful wrongdoing on our part. Either way, they hurt.

Paul the apostle had his as well. Aside from the horrible and wicked life he led before coming to Christ, there was some “thorn in the flesh” – a scar you might say – that plagued him all his life in addition to persecutions and suffering.

Listen to his excruciating words: “… a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me …  I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (II Corinthians 12:7-10)

How might God use your scars for His glory? How can you change your thinking so you can come to grips with the idea that – through your scars – God can shine a light on Himself and His sufficiency? Perhaps answering these questions will help you recognize how God wants to use those scars to glorify Himself and even help in your testimony to others.

  1. How are you a better or stronger person spiritually because of your scars? What has He taught you through them that you may otherwise not have learned—about Himself, yourself, and life?
  2. While dealing with the injury or healing, when and where did you find yourself drawing close to God and why?
  3. In what specific ways have your scars made you dependent upon Him?
  4. How could sharing your scars and the healing you have and are experiencing encourage others regardless of what their own particular scars might be?
  5. How does the desire to share those scars, versus the denial or hiding of them, glorify God?
  6. How have your scars and His healing of them been proof of His love for you? What did a God of love do that a God who did not love you would not have done?

You want God to not only be glorified through your labor, time, and investments. Allow Him to be glorified through your scars as well.