Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Genesis 3:9-13

Genesis 3:9-13
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

  It wasn't me!
  It's never our fault, right?  There is always another cause, some other force that drives us to act.  The man points to the woman, blaming God for bringing her along and tempting her.  The woman blames the snake.  Who knows who the snake would have blamed.
  We sin.  We sin and fall short, and so often we live in denial, as though it's not that bad, as though we are simply pawns in some bigger game.  We do this because we are afraid of what might happen if we simply admit our faults and appear before God as we are, sinful and human and broken.
  What God promises is that our sin shall not be our end.  God knows we are guilty, and passing along the blame only hurts us, because it delays the inevitable, which is the owning of our guilt and allowing Christ to heal it, to cover the scar with his blood and allow us to come before God covered in his grace, no longer defined by our sin but rather by his love and glory.
  I have sinned and fallen short, but by the grace of God I am set free from the fate that was rightfully mine and given a new name, a new heart, a new life in Christ.

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