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The Eve in Us All

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned,

Romans 5:12
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A favorite trope of family sitcoms goes something like this: child enters scene, child gets in trouble, mom yells a tried-and-true proverb at child, child storms off, mom’s eyes wide, mom says out loud, “Oh no, I’ve become my mother!” Cue fake audience laughter and cut to commercial. We laugh because we too often experience this very scenario in our own lives or in the lives of our friends. Christians fall into this scenario as well. We blame Eve for cramps during our periods, for disobedient children, for fights with our husbands, for warfare, for poverty, for the brokenness we encounter on a regular basis. Yet, if we take an honest look at ourselves, we would have eaten from the forbidden tree too.

like mothers, like daughters

Yesterday we discussed the brokenness we inherited from our first parents. And, though we could spend time lambasting their mistakes, we should only do so in rooms with no mirrors. Scripture and our own lives testify to us that we, like Eve, choose to listen to the voice of the liar instead of the voice of God. We not only choose to sin—we enjoy it. Sometimes we even celebrate it, or tweet it, or Instagram it. We then look around us and find others to drag with us to participate in it. We rebel often and with gusto.

fallen nature

When Adam and Eve sinned, they created original sin—a term the church has historically defined as the effects of their first sin. We inherited a fallen nature that changes our appetite toward things God has forbidden. As some would say, “We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.” In other words, we are obedient slaves to sin longing to be set free from this bondage.

are we really that bad?

This truth might be hard to swallow. It seems like a harsh way to view humanity. Yet we scream at those we love the most, we exploit others for our own satisfaction, and we struggle to really love ourselves every day. Instead of thinking this is too low a view of humanity, what if we turned the coin over and realized how great a salvation God offers? Humans who need only a little salvation to stop doing bad things do not need a great God to do so—they need behavior modification. But humans who recognize their utter brokenness know they need a cosmic salvation to not only change their behavior, but to also change their very nature. Eve ate the apple, and now we crave apple pie. We need a gospel that not only helps us put down the apple, but also changes us to no longer desire forbidden fruit.

But humans who recognize their utter brokenness know they need a cosmic salvation to not only change their behavior, but to also change their very nature.

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I’m still healing from the brokeness of growing up in a broken family. God has been so gracious, healing so many of life’s memories and giving me a new vision for my future and my family’s future. With all these blessing He has poured out on me, things still pop up.. oh again I need to go to the seat of Gods throne and ask forgiveness. Letting Hos grace wash over me, cleansing me, making me new again thank you Jesus for loving me so much that you are still working everyday to create in my a heart more like yours.

I was very broken with the loss of my spouse after almost 46 years of marriage due to his death. I kept telling myself that God was with me and at my side. My faith in his love for me as his child has brought me thru a very difficult season.

Disappointment in others. No connection with family. Feel left out. Now realize I am never really alone. God is with me always.

Yes, I feel the effects of brokenness. It comes when I take offense at the behavior of others. My stomach starts churning and I revel in their imperfections. In my mind I put them down and shake my head over their folly. Well, I share their folly. I am their folly. Something about the log in my eye and the mote in theirs. I need God to heal this. I know this. The only thing is…I forget to ask for His help. God will only come in when He is asked. How could I forget to ask, you wonder? Asking Him goes a long way toward His solution. Well the only answer is…I am broken. I am rebellious. I don’t want anyone, even God, to be in charge of my life. Even if it means peace. Even if it means love. Even if it means joy. Yes, such an insane way of thinking. This is main reason I am part of this bible study.

I have had many times of brokenness through out my life which God has helped me get through and am sure God will be thdre

I don’t have to look far to find my brokenness – it’s everywhere and I still deal with the consequences and guilt of it’s heyday in my youth. God is a beautiful healer and he continually shows me how so much of the bad has been redeemed and is being redeemed. I know my heart and many times the initial feeling/reaction is not what want it to feel/react. I’m very good at not acting on those feelings/reactions, but they are there and I pray God will transform my heart and conform it to His….always, not just sometimes.

I’m thankful for cosmic salvation! I like to say God is a big God full of surprises. I’ll continue to pray that I turn to God and trust His goodness.

The effects of brokenness are seen in my life daily. I sometimes wonder if changing my behaviors and nature are possible but I keep praying and trying to give it to God. I would like to be healed from my controlling nature and speaking unkindly.

Self doubt and fear are focusing on self, like "I have got to stop this feeling" instead of giving it to God so the Holy Spirit of God, in all glory and Majestycan do it. I ask God to heal petty thinking all over the world.

I feel brokenness daily in many areas of my life. However, I feel it mostly in losing my mother way too young to an aggressive metastasized breast cancer, and I feel it in the inability to conceive a child when I feel called to become a mother. These are the areas I need most healing, encouragement, faith in God’s plan.

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