What if all of our emotional scars showed up on the outside of our body, instead of on the inside? What if every time you stab someone in the back, a scar appears on them physically? What if every time you hurt someone with your words, a scar appeared on their face? What if every time you withheld love or affection from a loved one, you could physically see the decay in their heart? What if every time you were selfish and it caused pain for someone else, a scar appeared on their arms? What if every time you intentionally ignored someone who was hurting, a scar appeared on their legs? What if your name were to appear beside the scar?
What about your own internal emotional hurts and scars? If we see someone with an outward scar or deformity of some sort, we want to hear their story of both the injury and the recovery. If we have a scar on our face from a dog bite or a scar on our arms from a burn accident, we tell people. We will tell anyone who will listen about how we survived the attack or how the pain felt when we got burnt. So why don't we want to tell others about the healing power of Jesus Christ? Why don't we tell our testimony over and over again so that others might know? If our unhealed and unattended emotional scars showed up on the outside of our bodies, would we do something about it? Would we seek healing? Or would we continue to allow them to fester and infect the rest of our being? If we could see others emotional scars, would we have more compassion? If we found our scars and the scars of others on the outside of our bodies, would we find ourselves seeking to be more like Jesus?
So what if our scars were on the outside?