Image by Frederic Poirot via FlickrI knew a girl once who went through a tough period in her life. To most it was probably nothing new, but to her it tore her apart. She was with this guy who was abusive, belligerent and cruel. She endured countless hours of his constant abuse. Although he never laid a hand on her, never hit her so to say, the scars that he left were internal, they took years to heal. Some even still linger to today.
He ended it one night, out of the blue, he was finished with her. Broken and bruised she thought that she would never recover. She wanted to die from shame. The shame that he caused her. She felt that people could see right through her and see what he had done and blame her. He stole her innocence, polluted her mind and broke her into a million pieces. She went through her life a void, completely numb.
It was a daily battle dealing with the scars that were left. Who would have thought that one person could do so much damage? Her tears could not save her, only God could and he did.
She always knew of God, but never really knew Him. She never thought that she was good enough. One day she met Him, it was then that she really got to know Him. As the months went by she got to know Him more and more. She learned that no matter where she had been or what she had done, He loved her anyway.
It was months later when she realized that she was no longer burdened with the guilt or shame of her former life. In fact she rarely thought about it anymore. She found a happiness that she never knew existed, she found a life past the pain.
She learned that her Saviour bore her pain, He wore her shame and that was a burden that she no longer had to bear. God saved her from herself and He still does daily. He has shown her unconditional love even in the worst of circumstances. It was only through Him that she found new life again.
John 1:29 (NIV, ©2010) 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV, ©2010) 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.