I scar easily. A small cut or scrape leaves a permanent mark, embedding memories of accidents or mistakes on my skin. But my proclivity to prolong memories of negative incidents extends beyond my physical conditions. I have a tendency to hold grudges. While those grudges may not affect my behavior on a day-to-day basis, I am still prone to outbursts of anger or sadness as I recall what I had experienced. Leviticus chapter 13 contains a list of treatments for various skin diseases. Verse 28 says that “if the spot [from a boil] remains in one place and does not spread in the skin, but has faded, it is a swelling from the burn, and the priest shall pronounce him clean, for it is the scar of the burn.” This passage seems to convey that scars indicate cleanliness, or freedom from a previous condition. In the Jewish culture, this meant that the person could now return to the community. A proclamation of cleanliness is a topic of celebration, not dismal remembrance. My scars should cause me to rejoice in my Savior!

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