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That Big Pencil Without an Eraser
Are there times when you feel like you keep making the same mistake over and over again, and you can’t stop the pattern?
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing…
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Do you ever struggle with the guilt and consequences of the mistakes you have made in your past?
7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
How does this internal battle with sin make you feel?
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us…
10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
What does God provide to those of us who are broken?
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
How has this lesson impacted the way you understand God’s response to your sin?
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
1 John 4:9-10
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.