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Friday
Jan 15th, 2021
Upstream: The Hearts of Men and Women
By: Evan Wehrle
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Romans 6:14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. (NLT)

Aim a rocketship at the moon, and if it’s off course just an inch or so on the entire 238,000 mile trip, it will miss the moon completely. Ideas have trajectories too. Being a little “off-base” can eventually get us lost.
 
I think one way we can get “off-base” is in how we think about sin. Even labeling things as sinful has virtually disappeared from our current American society and has been softened to accommodate modern ears. Strong biblical words for sin have been changed in our vocabulary. People no longer commit adultery; instead, they have an affair. Corporate executives do not steal; they commit fraud. I did not choose to sin; I just fell into temptation.

So here’s the challenge this weekend: Don’t overlook or minimize sins that are corrosive and destructive to ourselves and those around us. Be brutally honest with God about sins you struggle with, and ask Him to help you.
    
There’s a 16th-century painting by the famous Renaissance artist Raphael that was restored recently. It was so severely damaged that it took fifty people ten years to return it to its original condition! It was a painstaking and meticulous process. However, critics concluded that, in many ways, the restoration was arguably even more beautiful than the original painting. One art collector said, “The miracle of restoration only compounds the beauty.” 
    
We, of course, need restoration too. And God has provided it through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In Him, we are restored, made to be more fully human than ever before. And His restoration spreads out to every aspect of our lives. He wants to transform our hurts, our desires, and maybe most important of all, our relationships with others.

In what areas of your life are you still allowing sin to be your master? In what areas have you been reluctant to let God do His restoration work?