Scars part 2
In my previous post we reflected on our own scars but what about the scars of others? Often we judge or define others by their scars?
The “monster” in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was misunderstood, feared and hated for how he appeared. Because of his scars (his differences) he was branded a monster. Later in the story he succumbed and actually became the monster others had labeled him.
I fear that we do this to people all the time. I know I’ve been guilty of it. I also know others have done it to me.
“She comes from a broken home so she must be broken.” “He grew up on the wrong side of the tracks so he must be trouble.” How can people be expected to over-come and heal their scars if they are constantly labeled, judged and beat down because of them. We are commanded many times over to love one another. John 13:34 NIV – A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 1 John 3:11 NIV – For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 John 4:11 NIV – Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. There’s nothing written anywhere in scripture that adds: “…if you want to” or “…only if they’re like minded or the same race or share the same political views.” But we continue to see others as “monsters” if they don’t conform to our standard of normal or if they don’t live up to what WE believe they should be like. We are all created by God for a reason. We should strive to become what God has designed us for not wh
at society or man “expects” of us. Therefore, we should not have our own preconceived design for others other than to become what God is calling them to become.
Now the Bible clearly sets a standard as to how God would have us live our lives and unfortunately many choose to live far from that standard. But it is Gods standard, to be judged by God. We are only to love God and love others. We are formed by the same creator whether we choose to believe it or not. He loves us whether we accept Him or not. He expects the same from us of His creations.
We must love our brothers and sisters, scars and all. What does it say about our love of The Creator if we don’t love His creations?
(Be sure to check out Scars part1 here)