Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they were naked and unashamed. But after they took the forbidden fruit – and everything changed forever for humanity – they realised they were naked, and were ashamed. At this point, they tried to hide from God…. Shame is something we’ve all felt at some… Continue reading You’re in full view, and it’s OK.
Do you ever stop to recognise that Jesus died for your sins once and for all? In dying on the cross, Christ, in his perfection and innocence, paid the price for all our stuff-ups, mistakes, and omissions. One event in history wiped our slates clean. Then Jesus, after he died, actually rose again from the… Continue reading He died once and for all. It is finished.
http://bible.com/111/rom.4.7.NIV We are forgiven. Instead of our sin, God sees Jesus. He died in our place. He paid the price. He took on our shame. Because of him, we are redeemed. Because of him, we can live in freedom. And because we are free, we can, with God’s help, make choices for a better life.
What does the word ‘sin’ mean to you? Many have blamed Christians – justifiably – for using the word to judge and condemn and accuse others over the centuries. I hate hearing about the harshness and volatility of so many within the faith I follow. I think the problem many people have with Christianity itself… Continue reading Sin is a dirty word
In my lifetime I’ve reached soaring heights and crushing lows. I’ve swum the bluest oceans under the clearest skies. I’ve savoured conversations, food, moments. I’ve loved and lost. I’ve been hurt by friends and hurt in return. I’m unavoidably flawed; born broken and wired for sin despite efforts to convince myself otherwise. But… I am none other… Continue reading A gentle invitation
One of my favourite Biblical characters is the woman who’s been bleeding for 12 years before she meets Jesus. According to Mosaic Law, women who were ceremonially unclean weren’t allowed to touch anyone. For those long years blood had flowed from this woman’s body, making her physically sick and socially unacceptable. The physicians of her time were unable… Continue reading Jesus sees our suffering