My daughter is a girly girl. She loves to put jewelry on and put clips, bows and headbands in her hair…even all at the same time! She will put her hair ties around her wrist (all twenty of them at the same time) and some days Band Aids become a new accessory.
One night she left one of her hair ties around her wrist while she slept. When she woke up the next morning it was obviously too tight and it left a huge purplish mark around her entire wrist. I felt so bad that I did not catch it before she went into bed. It was tender to the touch.
This mark was visible for about a month and then started to slowly fade away. It’s taken quite a while for it to completely go away. In fact, it’s been three months and on one part of her wrist you can still see a slight mark left from the choice she made to wear it all night. Now she didn’t know that was going to leave a mark, she just liked it around her wrist.
When I think about this small event it reminds me of scars left from choices I have made or situations that occurred in my life. At times when we make choices it might seem innocent, only to find out later it leaves a lasting impression or sometimes a “scar” that will not easily fade. That’s the interesting thing sometimes about the effects of decisions we make. At times they easily fade and other times it takes a long time and a small scar is left as a reminder.
God is so forgiving and merciful! He wipes away all our sin and bad choices when we ask for His forgiveness. Unfortunately there may be some scarring, but the amazing thing is that He can restore and deliver us from any guilt and give us freedom when we call on Him.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips; Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.
1 John 1:9
1 John 1:9