Reflections Week of 8/7/16

Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the message preached the previous Sunday. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.

Read Romans 8:1-11

Those who are in Christ are free from condemnation. We are free! Our sins have been covered and we no longer have to be slaves to our past mistakes. If we were held to all our sins, none of us would make the cut for heaven, but we are forgiven and covered by the blood of Christ, and that gives us a clean slate moving forward. I love that v3 points our God can do what the law cannot. It just proves that someone who feels underserving based on rules and expectations can still be set free from their sin. Trying to be perfect is exhausting (and impossible), but with the forgiveness of sin, we are able to have life and peace in the Spirit.

For Reflection: Identify some of the areas in your life that are exhausting. How can you make changes?

Read 1 John 1:5-10

This passage makes me think of a parent asking their child if they ate chocolate without asking. The child has it smeared all over his face, but still refuses to admit what he did. This is how we must look to God when we try to convince ourselves or those around us that we have not sinned. The evidence is clear! Just like the child, we are much better off admitting our wrongdoing so that we can be forgiven. God is the most gracious of fathers and He knows the truth in all our lives. Every lie we tell, every sin we commit is another bit of chocolate on our face. It’s another area of darkness in our lives. But God is LIGHT, and He can remove all of that darkness for us.

For Reflection: Take a few minutes each evening this week to confess your sins.

Reflections written by Bailey Carlson

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