Tattoos often showcase a remembrance of an event, a memorial to a loved one, a rite of passage, or a form of self expression. Some are inked to create beautiful artwork.
Sex-traffickers often brand their victims with the trafficker’s name or a bar code. This serves as a sign of ownership. If they run away, they can be identified and sent back to their “owner.”
Gang members use tattoos as patches declaring their loyalty to their club. Women often have property patches tattooed on them identifying their allegiance to one gang member.
What if a tattoo turns out to be a mistake and a scar has formed on the skin? The ink is permanent. Tattoo remorse can be altered with expensive cover-up designs or tedious and painful laser treatment.
Like scars, tattoos will fade over time, but will still be visible. Often they are a permanent reminder of a painful past. Scarring shows wounds that are repaired. Scars represent a closed wound; tokens that remind us of the suffering we overcame; the physical hurt and pain is over.
Jesus knows the pain and sorrow you are feeling. Because He is called a Man of Sorrows, He can empathize with you and share in your pain.
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:3a – NKJV)
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24 – NJKV)
Tattoos may be reminders of where you have been, but scars are evidence that you are stronger than whatever tried to harm you!
Lord, Thank you for the hope and healing we have in you. You came to heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds.
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Love and Blessings, Maureen