Happy Sunday, friends! This past week we began a new Bible study with two other couples. We have been in the small group Bible study with these friends since 2017.
We have studied books of the Bible together, and we’ve done book studies together. This time we are reading the book, The Cure by Bruce McNicol, Bill Thrall, and John Lynch.
Here’s what the book is about:
We thought we were cured.
We thought so, but most of us unwittingly carried an old, dead perspective into our new life. We couldn’t measure up to a standard we created, so we convinced ourselves it was God’s.
We read his words through our grid of shame and felt ourselves fall farther and farther behind. We took it out on each other; judging, comparing, faking, splintering.
Some of us retreated from the whole charade, becoming cynical, mistrusting, jaded from hope. Our marriages, churches, families, friendships, our marketplaces, our culture . . . they all need the cure.
But God’s cures rarely come in the form we expect.
What if, indeed. God is not who we think he is…and neither are we?
What I have read so far is good, and it certainly resonates with me. I spent half my adult life wanting people in the church to think I had it all together.
I was the pastor’s wife, for heaven’s sake. I was supposed to have it all together—perfect husband, perfect wife, perfect kids, immaculate home, always at church, etc.
I assumed everyone else had it all together, and I wanted them to think I did too.
It’s exhausting, and it’s not what God wants. He wants authenticity; he sees us as we are and still loves us.
Here’s a video we watched to begin our study, and I thought you might enjoy it. (He talks about masks, which has nothing to do with Covid-19. The video was recorded in 2017.)
Welcome to grace, I’m so glad you’re here!
Of course, this doesn’t mean we flaunt sin or keep sinning, but we admit we are sinners, and God’s grace is big enough to forgive us, and He still delights in us.
Have a blessed Sunday!
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