Sunday, July 10, 2005

Scars on the soul? 
When I was growing up there was an imaginary "black mark" that the kids would assign to each other when one of them did something wrong. I don't really believe that there is a universal black book containing those marks. But .....
I do see it possible that actions can result in a sort of scarring of the soul. Kick the dog? That might be a small scratch. Yell at the kids? A minor cut. You get the idea. The greater the infraction, the more severe the impact on the soul. And, like most scars, the larger and deeper ones never quite completely heal. This concepts does not differ too terribly far from the Buddhist concept of accountability found in Karma. In Christianity, Jesus died for our sins, so through him we are healed ("Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed"). Jesus left us with one commandment. Do you remember what is was? Of course you do (hint: John 15:12)! We just sometimes forget to apply this as we race through the many of things we try to do in our life. The surest way to keep our soul "scar-free" is to remember His words and apply them liberally to each moment of every day. Not only a balm for our pain, but by application it can impact everyone we come in contact with.

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