God’s Eraser

by Katy Kauffman

Each child’s heart is like a journal. The adults, teachers, and peers in a child’s life write on it. Kind words, playful words, or hurtful ones. Their actions jot down notes about the child’s worth and identity—you’re valuable or you won’t amount to anything, you’re needed or I don’t want you around, you can do great things with God’s help or you’re a failure before you start.

If we have negative words and actions written on the journals of our hearts, we may think that there’s no reversing it. No eraser can eliminate the stain. But God can.

When life has written worthless, forgotten, or shameful on our hearts, God replaces it with loved and cherished. When we allow Him to write words of truth on our souls and we accept that truth for ourselves, He calls us free.

Free. Four little letters that hold a world of hope and restoration. Free from muck, pain, and regret. Free from the tyranny of people’s opinions and society’s demands. In Christ, we are free to be loved and to love, to make a difference, and to show someone else they are valuable too.

God writes on our hearts words of love and hope:

“You are Mine” (Isaiah 43:2 NKJV*).

“I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 43:22).

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you” (John 14:9).

“In Me you may have peace” (John 16:33).

God lessens the pain of hurtful memories by building new memories with us—time spent with loved ones, understanding Scripture, helping others who are in need, and so on. God’s pen holds ink that can never be erased, not by time, or people, or trials. His promises are certain, and He keeps each one.

What Scripture verse do you want written on your soul? What words bring you hope and peace? Please share them in the comments below, and remember God treasures each of His children. 


*All verses are NKJV.

© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman


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Comments (8)

  • anon

    My scripture lately seems to be Isaiah 43:19-- Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

    I love the idea that God is always up to something, and what I'm going through is only part of that. Mostly, I like knowing that it will "make a way."

    Great post. Words to remember.

    Aug 17, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you, Rosemarie. I really love that verse. Thank you for sharing it! It makes me remember that we can always have joy because He's at work like you said, and because He brings love, joy, and peace with Him.

    Aug 17, 2017
  • anon

    Philippians 1:6 gives me hope because God promises to complete the work He began in us. Picturing God's ink written on our hearts as you described is reassuring. 

    Aug 17, 2017
  • anon

    That verse is both comforting and empowering. Thank you for sharing, Jeannie!

    Aug 17, 2017
  • anon

    I'd have to go to Psalms for a verse to be written where the negative words were erased. Maybe these two: "Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." Psalm 62:1-2

    Aug 17, 2017
  • anon

    I love that one. Thank you for sharing it, Carole! In Him we have rest and salvation, a refuge and security. 

    Aug 17, 2017
  • anon

    Funny, because I remember using an eraser analogy with my son when he was little. For some reason, he would not use his eraser. Instead, he would start all over after making a mistake. I told him that God uses an eraser, which got his attention. 
    This is a beautiful message of God's amazing grace. 

    Aug 17, 2017
  • anon

    Ah, thanks for telling me that. That's cute that he liked it once he knew God had one. I'm glad you liked the post!

    Aug 17, 2017

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