Matthew 18:21-35

“I canceled your debt… Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your (debtor)?”

(verses 32,33)

Have you seen the Chevy commercial that ends with a ‘real owner’ saying, “Another ding, another scratch – it would be just another chapter in the story. Then you hear the voice over: EVERY SCAR TELLS A STORY, AND YOU CAN TELL A LOT MORE STORIES WHEN YOUR TRUCK IS A CHEVY SILVERADO.

I have a scar on my knee. A few weeks before our August wedding I was in a serious bicycle accident that landed me in the hospital. I have another scar on my shoulder. Rotator cuff surgery. Every scar has a story. I’m sure you have yours.

But what about the emotional scars? A lot of those stories never get told. Healing never happens. They just get buried and the hurt just keeps on hurting. Complicating matters is the idea that when you are ‘born again’ (and filled with the Spirit), all of your emotional hang-ups are going to automatically take care of themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Dr. David Belguim, author of the book, Guilt: Where Psychology and Religion Meet, says that 75% of our sicknesses are rooted in emotional causes. There is a scar – but no story gets told.

In his great book, Healing for Damaged Emotions, Dr. David Seamans says the two major causes of emotional problems among evangelical Christians are 1) Failure to understand, receive and live out God’s unconditional grace and forgiveness and 2) failure to give out that unconditional love, forgiveness and grace to other people. Sounds a little like our Matthew 18 story.

Scars tell a story – Thomas, the disciple known for his doubting, knew a thing or two about that (John 20:25)