I can’t imagine the visible scars Paul had on his body. Because of Christ he was beaten, stoned, and physically abused numerous times. Once he wrote in Galatians 6:17, “I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.”
This brings me to the great missionary Amy Carmichael who once wrote…
Have you no scar? No scar that is hidden? I hear people talk of how great you are. They say you are like a star in the heavens! But don’t you have a scar? Haven’t you been wounded for Christ? Many are the wounds of the faithful. Archers have used them for target practice. They feel like dying under a tree, surrounded by wild animals, about to expire. So where is your wound? Don’t you have one? Yes, as the Master is, so shall his servant be. Pierced are the hands and feet that follow him. But yours are whole! Can anyone have followed him far… who has no wound or scar?
The 77’s (a CCM band from the 80s/90s) had a song named “Tattoo” which included the lyrics:
I don’t think that the perfect life
Is coming through without a scratch
If your inside is worth knowing
Then your outside reads like a map