THE MESS IN THE MIRROR
Good news - there is always someone whose life is a bigger mess than yours.
Good news - it's not just you.
Christians believe: the mess that brings us together is the mess that brought God near.
Christians believe: the mess is a lens through which we discover God.
Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given...
Romans 3:19 NLT
There's a "perfect" that nobody is.
...for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. Romans 3:19 NLT
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. Romans 3:20 NLT
But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. Romans 3:21 NLT
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. Romans 3:22 NLT
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 NLT
Awareness of our messes awakens us to something outside of us to which we are accountable.
Once we acknowledge our messes, we are a baby step away from acknowledging God.
Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Romans 3:24 NLT
Moral of the story - We all have something in common.
"I know a mess when I see one because I am one."