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Every Scar Tells a Story 2 Corinthians 1:8-1:11
Intro Pain is a part of life. In fact, it is one of the very first parts of life. In childbirth, there is pain and it is a difficult experience. Unfortunately, that is not where the pain ends in our lives. We deal with pain every day in some form or another. Some of the pain is the result of our own poor choices. However, pain in our lives is sometimes the result of others poor choices.
It is in the journey through the pain that we begin to define ourselves. The journeys of our lives make up the experiences that shape who we are. Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you”. We need to understand that God does not hold our past against us, but the pain we endured during that time has incredible ability to mold us and define us.
I have some great stories that have come from some things I have suffered in my life. On my arm and knee.Many of you have some outward signs of pain For many of us, the scars that cause the most pain are unseen. They are the results of poor choices and desperate actions that have led us away from what we dreamed or intended for our lives. I want to help you understand today that every scar tells a story.
Scars are not a sign of weakness; they are signs of survival.
One of the problems we have in the Christian community is that we are afraid to talk about our scars. We feel like we are past the point of help, we feel like failures and we feel like we have let God down because our lives are marked with scars.
What you need to understand is that although you may wish it had never happened and you may wish circumstances of your life were different, God has allowed you to go through them so that he may show up in your life. So many people go through life mad at God and hurt that God allowed them to experience pain. But God’s desire is that we take the pain in our lives and learn to grow from it.
God never wastes a hurt.
God is faithful. It’s one of the hardest things for people going through pain or living with pain to understand. But God is faithful to be a source of power and strength in our weakness.
In fact, we all will die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.” 2 Corinthians 1:9-10
Paul says that what he learned through the process of all the pain he endured was that God is able to be trusted to deliver us from the pain in our lives today.
Posted on December 26, 2013 at 2:59pm 0 Comments 0 Likes
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