Pardon Our Mess…

Romans 7:4-25 (The Message)

While we are each created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) there is an undeniable chasm between God’s image within humanity and our experience of ourselves and the world.  It is the distance between the life we want and the life we have. The distance between the life God wants for us and the life we resort to.

And ironically, though we each bear God’s image, we often don’t see it, because we have made a mess of the beauty in ourselves and others.  We might even try to hide it…but we’re not doing a very good job.

For reflection:

  1. Try to make a list of things in people’s lives that make them “messy” (like, say, an addiction, or a divorce, etc.)
  2. What are some of the “messy” things in your own life?
  3. Most of us end up trying to hide our messiness (sins) from God.  Why?
  4. If God is represented by the Father in the story of the Lost Son (see “The Father’s Heart“) then what do you think God would do if you were honest about your own messiness with him?
  5. How would churches be different if people were more comfortable bringing their messy lives in?

Give yourselves permission to sit still with this week’s scriptures, and with these questions, to see how the Holy Spirit speaks to you.

Many blessings,

Pastor Mike

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