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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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

Romans 3:23

Watch Session Three: The Greatest News

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 (6)

Sin works through life in weird ways. In this video they describe sin as the stuff that the devil makes look fun, he makes sin seem easy.

My idol is self-reliance. I am exhausted from the constant and mounting stress levels that have rendered me physically ill and bitter against God…all because I am trying to keep all the plates spinning all by myself…all to my own glory. The sickening part is that my actions have created a fearful environment for my 13 year old son, a lapse in time with God, and an outlook that is not one of a life-long Christian. In short… I look like the world, and have struggled to even get to church regularly, because I find it cloying. The video showed that to me in a very real way, when she spoke of the things of God actually being annoying when your spirit is dead. That’s where I am…and I’m going to put down my shovel.

I am just beginning to realize that "small" sins are just as powerful as the "big" ones that are easier for me to recognize and repent for. Small choices to choose sin impact my life and the lives of those around me in ways I will never fully understand until I meet Jesus. There are ripple effects seen and unseen. We need to remember just how connected we are to one another so we move closer to impacting others with our love instead of our sin.

My selfishness has broken me and those around me in so many ways. I think of all of the shattered relationships, the years of depression and anxiety, and the health problems associated with my poor decisions during the time that I was running from Christ and it breaks my heart. It drives me back to the cross.

My selfishness when I stuff the strong feeling inside that I should pray for someone or talk to someone to God. I am getting better at it, but I have my selfish moments. I feel like me living in sin has had an impact on those around me in a way that I have yet to be able to share with them but also has given me the opportunity to say to people that I am forgiven and so can you !

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