"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain
|The root of our issue: We're unclean.|
Our fights became furious. I'd become the bread-winner and would return from work to find my baby's lunch still on the table, the house a mess and my husband ready to go out and party--often with my girlfriends.
Of course, it's easy to pass blame, nail the dissolution of our vows at his feet. Shamefully, throughout the many years since that marriage dissolved, I never saw my role in it. However, when a marriage fails, each partner plays a part in its demise.
I no longer remember the words I'd say when one of my ex's transgressions drove me to Hades to arm myself with the tools of hell. I remember he allowed me to punch him. Cuss words laced our screaming matches. Dreams of other men filled my lonely nights.
Then, after we divorced, I met Christians who told about Christ and His redeeming love. Blind to my own sins, I struggled to think of things I did wrong. I was a good person--raised my daughter well, worked as a teacher and did a good job, took care of family and friends. Still, I needed to fill the void in my soul, and the message of salvation drew me in like an addiction (a good one--like to coffee or chocolate).
Then, knowing how lost I was, I accepted Christ.
From that moment, I changed. I recognized my sin and no longer had to search for it. I quit the behaviors that disproved my assumptions of being the perfect mother, teacher, daughter.
The Root of Our Issues
- We are unclean.
- We are blind to the fact that all have sinned (which means us) and fallen short of God's glory.
- No one else is to blame for our transgressions.
- Trying to fix it through religion, others, self or the world is only stage make-up. It hides the blemishes, but cannot make them vanish.
In my life, that Christ died for me even when I didn't realize I was a sinner, is the greatest blessing of my life.