Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
I remember back when I was younger the occasional scary movie on TV. I admit it, I loved watching them and being scared half out of my wits. Certain people would seem to scare me more than others. Add to that the fact that the music would get all eerie sounding and there always seemed to be a thunderstorm when scary people were around. Other details only added to the fright. In many of these films there was a man with a scar on his face and for whatever reason the scar made him look tough and scary. Something bad must have happened to him in his past for him to have to carry that ugly old scar around the rest of his life. At least that was what the mind of a young boy thought.
Nevertheless, life leaves scars. Some are more visible than others are. Some are physical scars that others can see. There are also emotional scars that tear at the heart which often are not quite so visible. Some hurt us personally, while other scars will also hurt our Lord. You might be wondering, “How can my scars hurt Christ?” Well, scars from the sins of the past before our salvation, God can turn and use for His good, as He saved you and forgave you for those past sins. However, the scars of sinfulness after we are saved will often damage the testimony of a Christian. These scars not only hurt the believer, but they also hurt the one of whose name we now bear. They hurt the name of Christ. God forgives us of all our sin, yet sin can leave a nasty scar. As believers we should do all we can not to add any more scars as we go through life’s journey.
I can still recall my dad saying, “son, it is not just your name you are dragging through the mud, it is my name too.” That did not make a lot of sense to me back then, but I sure understand today. As a Christian, we need to remember God could also say, “It is not just your name you are dragging through the mud child of mine, it is also my son Jesus’ name too.”
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Samuel 6-9 / Psalm 119:1-16 / Proverbs 24 / Acts 27, 28
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Kings 9-10 / John 6:1-33
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