My friend Barbara had a post on her site today that got me thinking.

Jesus was talking with a bunch of Pharisees and He accuses them of being like whitewashed tombs, "which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness." Until we deal with what's inside of us we'll never be more than empty shells of people, and we'll never experience that abundant life He promised us. Until we come to grips with who WE are we will never fully come to grips with who HE is. We put on our masks and continue to pretend that everything is being handled.

Jesus once told a crippled man that his sins were forgiven, and when the "whitewashed tombs" questioned His ability to forgive sins He asked, "Which would be easier, to forgive sins or to heal?" Then He proceeded to heal the lame man to prove His authority to forgive sins. We are all wounded in some form or another, and some of us are more wounded than others. Jesus can heal our wounds and give us forgiveness. But what we do is continually pick at the scabs of those wounds, never letting Jesus heal them. Those scabs are horrible looking, but what we don't seem to understand, or get through our thick skulls, is that they are necessary for the wounds to properly heal, if we don't keep opening them up. Yes, there will be scars. But the scars are reminders of our wounds, not the wounds themselves. And the scars, over time, will fade. For some reason we prefer to have open, bleeding wounds than have them healed and our bodies scarred.

Barbara's friend, TJ, said this to her:

You weren't ready to let someone GOOD into your life. You never will be until you are willing to shed your past completely, forgive yourself, allow others to love you, love yourself and above all accept God's love for you. Nothing you have done or that has been done to you is beyond healing.

Here's to our healing.