Jun 22, 2011
Focus Reading: Romans 7:15-25a
A friend embittered by his experience with the church once asked me, “Shouldn’t Christians be different?”
Well I believe the answer is absolutely “Yes” BUT I believe the reality is that we are not, at least some, maybe even a lot of the time as different as we should be, but despite this God still loves us. We are still the Church, called to be God’s people and Jesus still lived and taught, and healed and died for us and was raised for us. He still calls us into being. I think this mismatch, between who we are and what we should be is what Paul is on about in Romans 7. All of us know what’s right but we often still manage to do what’s wrong. The good thing is that God loves us anyway, and keeps leading us forward and keeps calling us on. If that’s so then we should live lives motivated by thanksgiving and not by guilt.
Questions for thought or discussion
How often do you do the wrong thing even though you know what the right thing to do might be? In what ways are we like Paul in Romans 7:14ff? What would motivate you to do the right thing more often? How do you feel about guilt as a motivator? How do you feel about gratefulness or thanksgiving as a motivator?