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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

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We have all been there. Standing in the mirror, looking at ourselves, and asking ourselves the same question: “Why did I do that?”

Some of us may take the time to investigate our motives. But even after getting at the heart of the problem, we still find ourselves back at the mirror. We never know our motives, and that just makes the mirror a frustrating place to be. Still, we all can agree that every time we come back to the mirror we can see the damage of our decisions in our eyes. Jaded. Suspicious. Hurt. Mistrusting. Dying. And that is what sin is. Sin is the inescapable, unavoidable death we see in the mirror. Sin is the reality that I can keep coming back to the mirror all I want, but I can never change what it shows me.

who's the fairest?

We have an ugly habit of thinking the best of ourselves; and quite frankly, that habit is the basis for the worst of our problems. In the beginning, humankind was without sin. But the desire to think the best of ourselves ushered sin into the world. When Satan tempted Eve in the garden to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he tempted her by convincing her that God was holding back the best. Satan said, “God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). The ugliness that followed was death. And not just death for Eve and her husband Adam but all those who came after them.

can i save myself?

We all have sinned, still sin, and will continue to sin. And sin enslaves. We know it enslave because it is sin that keeps driving us back to the mirror to ask ourselves the same question, “Why did I do that?” In John 8:34, Jesus says it like this, “Truly, truly, I say to you everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.” As humans we are finite in both will and ability. Essentially, we have absolutely no ability to free ourselves from the slavery sin causes; nor do we have the full capacity to desire to be free from sin. Paul says, “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” (Romans 7:18).

The very real reality is that even though we are incapable of stopping ourselves from sin, there is a part of us that wants to sin.

But there is good news. Jesus has come!


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How have you seen the impact of your sin on your life and the lives of those around you?

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Comments (40)

I start to doubt myself and then that trickles into my marriage when my husband says any small thing I don’t like and I overreact and then we have a fight over something insignificant.

I see it every day and as the fear of the unknown overwhelms us, people turn on people and we blame, blame, blame and want someone to pay. We forget that another person hurting doesn’t alleviate our pain or fear. Instead it spreads it.

God’s love and forgiveness is what we need. We need to ask God to help us remember that He is in charge and our only duty is to rely on Him, love Him, and love our fellow man. Simple, right?

I see it everyday. Sharpness in my words. Words that don’t sound loving and kind to those who I truly love.

I have sinned and immediately ‘gone to the mirror’ to ask "Why did I just do that?". I know the mistakes almost as I make them, but I don’t stop sometimes. (I am so grateful for Jesus’ forgiveness)

Yes, I have been aware of ongoing sin and realize I can’t fight this battle without God and God’s people.

Great quote! Paul says, “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” (Romans 7:18).

Yes, the main impact of sin is that it drives a wedge between myself and God and the peace that close relationship brings. It can drive a wedge between myself and the important people in my life as resentment, jealousy, anger.

I definitely have seen the impact of sin in my life, in fact it turned my life upside down and took away everything I valued. I see it everyday around me and it is rough.

I suppose the most prevalent impacts of sin in this season of my life are seen as consequences of ideals that have slipped into idols. I have noticed that I desire to go from coffee, to some other energy drink then later to wine. I don’t think I’m alone as the concept is even captured on T-shirts but there is something in it that doesn’t feel "right" to me. As silly as it might sound to put so much weight on my beverage choices it feels relevant to me as I realized that in these I am looking forward to the slight alteration of reality. I love (almost) all the things we try to cram into our lives. We are never board and we are hit life with all we have kind of people. BUT I am a bit worn, gravitating toward reality alterations to sustain because ultimately I have slipped into doing things in my own power. Eventually this spills into less patience, foal moods and even putting more idols in place (like seeking love and approval of others before God).

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