This is not who you are … you don’t have to live this way

Some folks talk a lot about sin, but hardly anyone understands what it is anymore.

Sin is one part brokenness and one part rebellion.

Brokenness is hardwired into the world. You have to look hard to find something that isn’t messed up.

It’s been this way so long, we think the nightmare is reality. The dream of how things should be is just a wisp of fog that vanishes in the oppressive heat.

It’s just how things are.

In the lecture hall, they debate “the problem of evil.” Out here, we’re living with hell on earth — and everyone tells us to just make the best of it.

Many of us suffered trauma at an early age — rejection by a mother who didn’t want us; a father who was never there; emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; simple neglect … a host of other possibilities.

We were so young, we may not remember it. We think we were “born this way.”

The brokenness creates strong feelings. We struggle with compulsions we don’t understand and can’t control.

We begin to think our brokenness is who we are. Our broken world tells us to just accept it as a fact — to celebrate it even.

We plunge headlong into a way of living filled with pain and regret. Our feelings of shame are buried deep.

We keep telling ourselves, “This is just who I am. I have no choice but to live this way.”

But God did not create you to live a broken life. He intended better for you. He still does.

God sent Jesus to show us the better way. Jesus suffered and died so you could be set free from your pain. God raised Jesus from the dead to prove he has the power to give you a new life.

Accepting the captivity of your brokenness is rejecting God’s good plan for you. When you celebrate brokenness as your identity, you alienate yourself from your creator.

At some point, your rejection becomes rebellion against his ways.

God warns, “Don’t open that door!” But you do.  And evil comes storming in to wreak havoc in your life.

God wants to give you a life that is full, free, and forever. You choose the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.

And you pay an awful price.

You can reject your brokenness. You can put down your own rebellion. Open your heart to the goodness God created you to enjoy. Look to Jesus for freedom from captivity. Pursue healing instead of brokenness.

This is not who you are. You don’t have to live this way.

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About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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