Option Two- Week of June 3rd

Let’s be honest, keeping score of other people messing up is something we are all tempted to do. The longer we know people, the more data we gather. As they disappoint or hurt us, we feel justified in making sure we have a record of the wrongs. So here is a question to consider, what if God treated us this same way? What if He kept a detailed account of our faults, failures and mess- ups? The good news is He offers us grace and forgiveness through His son Jesus. When we humbly accept Him, we are forgiven and clean. Once we accept Christ, God expects us to begin showing others the same kindness and grace we have received. This doesn’t mean we are blind to faults, hurts, pain and sorrow caused by others. It means that we will learn to treat them as we have been treated by God. He doesn’t ignore our sin. In fact, He clearly calls us out on it. But He also keeps the door open for us to turn and repent.

The following verses show us the heart of God and the example He wants us to follow:

6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Romans 5:6-8 (NLT)

16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17 (NLT)

3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. 4 But when God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:3-5 (NLT)

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1 (NLT)

10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:10-12 (NLT)

1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT)

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