Flourish | Day Three

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By: Megan Gover

If you could eradicate one chore from the face of the planet, which one would you do away with?

Personally speaking, I would void the world of ever pulling weeds again. I think it is cruel and unusual punishment that no human should ever endure. 

To this day, I cringe when someone mentions pulling weeds. Growing up, I thought it was absolutely pointless to uproot every tiny strand of grass embedded in our flowerbeds. However, with age I’ve recognized their problematic existence isn’t merely cosmetic. They ultimately jeopardize the safety and health of blooming plants.

It requires uprooting weeds to maintain a flourishing garden.  It is the same with sin.

 

See, little thoughts spring into subtle actions.

And subtle actions bloom into routine habits.

And routine habits formulate consistent character.

 

If we want to grow in the likeness of Christ, we must grow in righteousness. Therefore, we have to uproot every ounce of sin in our lives or else our spiritual life becomes choked.

 

Before we dive into Scripture for a godly perspective of sin, pray Psalm 139:23-24 over yourself. It says: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me on the way everlasting.”

 

If someone who didn’t know Jesus asked you to name sins, what examples would you provide?

 

Do you struggle with those sins? If not, why did those sins come to your mind?

  

Why do we often categorize sin into little and big categories? What is the danger in doing so?

 

It’s easier to spot two feet tall weeds in a garden than little blades of grass. Similarly, sin is sometimes easier to detect if it has more severe consequences. But, it doesn’t make them okay!

 

What would be an example of a sin with less severe consequences than drinking and driving, having sex before marriage, or doing drugs?

 

Why do we often justify “smaller” sins? How can these sins entangle us?

  

Whether we have small weeds or big weeds in our garden, we still have weeds! We must spiritually weed out any sin in our lives—no matter the severity or consequence.

 

Open your Bible and read Romans 7:14-24.

 

In this passage, Paul is writing the Roman church. What does he say about sin? What part of this passage could you relate to?

 

What two fighting forces did he describe in his battle with sin?

 

If you ever feel like sin is a revolving door, you are correct! Just because we have a relationship with Jesus does not instantly make us perfect. We are both slave to God’s law, but also in our sinful nature slaves to the law of sin.

 

So does this mean we can keep on sinning because we will continue to sin? No!

 

Our sinful nature doesn’t give us a license to sin. Jesus came to save us from our own sinful nature! Therefore, if we want to grow in the likeness of Jesus, we must walk in obedience to Him—who was perfect!

 

Continue reading in Romans 8:1-2. 

 

Jesus made a way to set us free from the things that entangle us! So this passage begs the question:

 

What sins do you inwardly struggle with? How are they keeping you from growing in obedience of God’s Word?

  

What sins do you outwardly struggle with? How are they keeping you from growing in obedience of God’s Word?

 

I’m proud of you for looking deep into your heart and acknowledging the areas or sin you are wrestling with. My prayer is that you confess all of these things over to the Lord today! Jesus truly desires for your life to not be mastered by anything but Him. End this time meditating on His incomparable grace and mercy!