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.
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,
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.
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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Created for This
How have you felt the effects of brokenness in your own life? What do you need God to heal in your life?
My brokenness is being impatient, anxious and feeling completely overwhelmed. This journey I’m on is one that requires God to be in control. I’ve tried for years to do it my way and just have a superficial relationship with God. I need to open myself to having a personal relationship with my Savior. I need Him to take control of my anxiety. I need him to give me the words to speak when I’m impatient. I need him to fill me with peace when I feel over whelmed and feel like I keep hitting road blocks no mater which direction I turn. Complete surrender. Complete humility. Complete love.
I feel brokenness in my life by seeking approval of others. I want people to like me. Most of the worst decisions of my life have came from seeking acceptance of others and forsaking what I know is right. Feeling shut out has caused me to shut down and keep anyone from really getting close.
Hi there! I totally can relate to this. Sometimes, I find myself spending most of my time worrying about what I said or did that day and how it affected others. It is just flat-out exhausting. Thank goodness we have a loving God who made us perfectly in His image. Our self-worth is installed within us through Him. So grateful.
I feel the effects of my sinful nature through my anger, my pride, and my doubt. I continue to pray that God will help me on those areas of weakness.
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 are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.”
need a cosmic salvation to not only change their behavior, but to also change their very nature.
Brokenness? I sin every day. I need my God to put the desire in me to do better. It’s kind of like a diet- I want to lose weight but I don’t know how to; where do I start? Will someone hold me accountable?
The same with my brokenness. I need my savior.
What do I need healed? Perfectionism. It rules my life and freezes my actions. It causes me to be judgmental and look at the sin of others with disdain. I don’t allow myself to take risks and push outside my comfort zone because it may not allow me to be perfect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 have had many times of brokenness through out my life which God has helped me get through and am sure God will be thdre
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