Disclaimer: For the next 8 weeks (Weeks of April 11–May 27), I’m going to throw out a tough faith question. We will unpack it a bit, and I hope we can all *simmer* on it throughout the week and find moments to talk with God, ourselves and each other about the topic. Special thanks to Sparkhouse’s reform curriculum for guidance. Ready? Go!
We ALL make mistakes (sin). Are some of our mistakes too much for even God to forgive? Is our most shameful moment so disappointing that God can’t love us again? Let’s figure out if it’s ever possible to be unloved by God… (spoiler alert: God loves you always.)
- Sin has a variety of consequences, from hurting people and God’s other Creation physically, emotionally and mentally. Sin is rebellion–turning away from our dependence on God. Think of a time you really wronged someone (even wronged yourself). What were your feelings attached to it? How has time changed your thoughts of that situation? How did you and the others involved handle (or not handle) it?
- Bible Time: Read Psalm 136:1-3. In your own words, explain these verses using one sentence. Now check out Romans 8:39–when have you felt separated from God? How do you come closer to God again?
- C.S. Lewis quote: “On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.”
- What do you think about this quote? Does it apply to your life? What kind of cost do we and God have to pay?
- Get sticky.
- Using a few drops of glue or honey/syrup, carefully rub your hands together. (Eek, I know, I know.) As you do this, think about ways you can make your relationships with God AND with other people “more sticky,” closer and without unsettled/old tension. Is there a difficult/uncomfortable chat that you need to have with someone soon, in order to heal and move forward from a wrongdoing? Make a plan to move toward healing and restoring that relationship to be “more sticky,” drawing you closer to each other and to God. (Now go wash your hands, ha.)
- Whether you were in the wrong or your were wronged, it’s ESSENTIAL to have these difficult chats. It allows us to pick up that BOULDER that is in our way and make a clear space for hope and joy in our futures. Trust me, it’s worth 10 painful minutes of chatting for 10 years of hope and healing! (If you are not able to have this chat, for whatever reason, consider journaling it or telling a trusted friend or family member.) = )
- Show love to yourself today.
- We really do all mess up. How we handle that sin is WAY more powerful than the sin itself. (Sorry, your actions are just not as powerful as God’s love. #sorrynotsorry) God loves you no matter what, and tomorrow is a new day. Bask in the light of the sunshine and God’s care for incredible, wonderful YOU. You’re a-ok.