Week Three: Transforming Mercy
God sees our failures and desires to show mercy and to restore us. We see our failures, and we worry that we have finally gone too far. We categorize sins and define who is in and who is out based on the category of the sin.
God’s stated desire is that we abide in him and grow. When we are cut off from the vine, we will struggle and sin. While sin is serious, it’s also an avenue for mercy. Confessing our sin to a merciful God will send us on the path to restoration. When we feel most “cut off” from God, we especially need to reconnect with Christ, our vine who gives us life.
Here’s what Richard Rohr has to say in Falling Upward:
As St. Gregory of Nyssa already said in the fourth century, “Sin happens whenever we refuse to keep growing.”
We invariably prefer the universal synthesis, the answer that settles all the dust and resolves every question—even when it is not entirely true—over the mercy and grace of God.
Every time God forgives us, God is saying that God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.
In the divine economy of grace, sin and failure become the base metal and raw material for the redemption experience itself. Much of organized religion, however, tends to be peopled by folks who have a mania for some ideal order, which is never true, so they are seldom happy or content.
Meditate on the word “abide” for fine minutes.
Invite God into the “disorderly” parts of your life today.