Ephesians 4:32

Mona Lisa Gone Wrong

Nobody wants to think of themselves as a “sinner.” After all, most people try to be kind, friendly, and loving. We don’t steal and kill. Thus, it seems unfair when Scripture calls someone a sinner. It sounds so judgemental. Or is it?

For a moment, imagine you erase Mona Lisa’s eyeball and then take a bit of paint and repair it yourself. You think it is a tiny, teeny, tiny flaw, but it ruins the entire masterpiece. 

You can throw the Mona Lisa away unless Leonardo da Vinci steps in to repair the damage. That is what God did! He stepped in to repair our damage to His creation at the Fall.

When we come to Christ, He paints over our mistakes with the blood of Christ.

1 John 1:7: “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

To this day, we violate the Master’s moral standards when angry, jealous, bitter, ungrateful, etc. 

Ephesians 4:2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 

31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 

32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Restoration is possible when we humble ourselves and ask for God’s forgiveness. But there can be no restoration when you insist on doing the reparation yourself; that is what rebels do. 

1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 

10If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.”

When you exchange the word “sinner” for the word “rebel”, you will get much closer to the actual problem with sin.


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