Rather than posting the Friday's Reflection series as a way to "reflect" on my previous week, instead I am going to post a Scripture reflection. Every Friday, I will post a new Scripture, discuss my reflection of it, then give you the chance to do the same. By participating, you will have the chance to win prizes, as well as the opportunity to meet other Christian teens. =)
"When you were spiritually dead because of your sins,
and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self,
God made you alive with Christ, and he forgave all our sins.
He canceled the debt, which listed all the rules we failed to follow.
He took away that record with its rules and nailed it to the cross."
It's easy to forget that we don't receive God's love simply based on what we do or don't do. Yes, God wants us to go to church, read the Bible, and strive to please Him in every decision that we make. However, if we try to please Him through our performance only rather than our heart, we will experience overwhelming guilt any time we mess up. Those are the very things that Christ came to set us free from. Satan condemns; Jesus convicts.
God doesn't want our relationship with Him to be based on following a long list of rules. Scripture says that He canceled our debt. He nailed those rules and our sins to the cross so that we could experience a lasting, loving relationship with Him.
Maybe you've sinned so much that you feel as if you're "too dirty" for God's grace. Keep in mind that Jesus died for the sinners, not the sinless. You don't have to live in the chains of condemnation and guilt any longer. When Christ rose from the dead, He broke the chains of death and freed you from your sins. You are free from striving to please God through performance only; you are free to live a completely new life because of God's grace; and you are free to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Do you ever feel guilty and condemned after sinning? Why do you think God wants us to feel convicted rather than condemned, and what do you think the difference between the two are?+2 pts
- Do you often find yourself trying to please God through a performance rather than giving Him your heart? +2 pts
- What are some steps you can take to develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ? +2 pts
- Describe the time you first accepted Christ as your Savior. Did you feel free from your sin and as if you were a new person? Or did you still feel guilty every time you messed up? +5 pts
- Discuss your own reflection of this Scripture (as I did above -- at least one paragraph). +5 pts